Eid Mubarak to our readers. This photo was taken in Dharga Town, at Masjidun Noor, which was badly damaged during the riots in Aluthgama. Preparations for ifthar begin as early as 9 am, where kanji is made for as many as 300 people, with volunteers chipping in on a rotation basis. For some, this will be their only meal for the day.
We couldn't see anything because of the smoke. There was a huge noise. Everything was on fire. Retired schoolteacher Maryam from Adhikarigoda, Dharga Town, describes the events of June 15 three years ago, when a mob set fire to her home. Link to full story in bio.
Life goes on - inside Masjidun Noor, in Dharga town, volunteers prepare kanji for ifthar. Link to our story revisiting Dharga town in bio.
Our story revisiting Aluthgama, three years on, is now online. Link to the full story in bio.
The view from the Colombo Municipal Council. We filed several RTI requests in the wake of the collapse of a garbage dump in Meethotamulla, and found that the CMC had not responded to repeated requests from the UDA to vacate the site, four months before the tragedy. Link to full story in bio.
This little one was just 7 months old. When the mob came, my sister carried one child, and I carried the other. We hid in the back room, residents of Dharga town, Aluthgama remembering the violence, 3 years ago.
Colombo Pride runs from June 15th to 25th. We interviewed Rosanna Flamer Caldera, Executive Director of Equal Ground, who spoke to us about the history of the Pride movement, as well as the stigmatisation the LGBTIQ community continues to face. Link to full story in bio.
Today marks three years since the Aluthgama riots. This is significant, given continued attacks on Muslim owned businesses and places of worship. Link to story marking the day in bio. Photo circa 2014, courtesy @thyagir
As the clock strikes, Muslims break fast with dates and water at an inter-faith ifthar organised by Colombo City Circle. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims will fast from dawn until sunset. Apart from fasting, this month is seen as a spiritual journey, with acts of charity and kindness often performed during the month. The aim of this event is to widen understanding about Ramadan among non-Muslims, as well as provide a space for people of different faiths to meet and interact.