We're hosting a discussion on #RTI tomorrow evening - open to all, and free. Do join! #snapshotlka #SriLanka
Students and teachers of the Mullikkulam Vidyalayam sing hymns during the way of the cross, at the Church of Our Lady of Assumption. A Navy camp was built on the village land; the school and church were the only two landmarks the Navy allowed the community to access. . The community began a protest in 2017 to reclaim their land (https://tinyurl.com/y3cvq5y3). 100 acres were later ordered to be released, but the community say only 77 acres were given back. There was no assistance for those who wished to build new homes on their ancestral lands. . Children walk several kms to school from the new houses built for the community. These are also far from their agricultural land and the shore where they moor fishing boats. Residents hope to restart their protest, to ask that they be given their original lands back. #lka #SriLanka #people #nofilter #snapshotlka
'President, what happened to your promise for December 31st?' - residents of Chilavathurai - protest outside the SLNS Therapuththa, that has been built on their ancestral lands. Navy officers were also seen recording the protest. . 220 families were displaced from this area in 1990, when the LTTE evicted Muslims from the Northern Province. When they returned in 2009, they found the camp built on their lands. They ask if 10 years wasn't enough for the Navy to shift to the state land along the coast. #lka #srilanka #people #nofilter #snapshotlka
We tried to map police statistics for street harassment for #iwd2019. We failed, because the police doesn't collect the data. Street harassment is included under cases of sexual abuse instead. Read more about what we uncovered using #RTI on Groundviews - link to full story in bio. #snapshotlka
One year after the violence in #Digana, Mr. J.M Niyas reflects on what he lost in the riots - his store, the local mosque, and some of the trust he had in the community he called home. He speaks of the long, convoluted process to obtain compensation, and the impunity that those responsible continue to enjoy. . Link to full video in bio. . #Kandy #SriLanka #lka #people #nofilter #snapshotlka
Many are familiar with these landscapes, but not with the struggles of the community that call them home - scenes from a protest in Bogawantalawa today by Malaiyaha Tamil tea estate workers, asking for an increase in their daily basic wage to Rs. 1000. #lka #1000wagehike #snapshotlka
Both @maatram and @vikalpasl have filed requests since the #RTI Act was operationalised in 2016. But their experiences are very different. From a short video for Mother Language Day - link in bio.
'I'm sad that, in the future, there will be no one who speaks our #Malay language' | Residents of Kompannaveediya reflect on International Mother Language Day. #lka #srilanka #snapshotlka Link to full video in bio.
'That's a group for marriage proposals...' 'Yes but it's also a place where people interact and discuss topics, building bonds within the community and making sure our language remains in use, even in a small way' - from an upcoming video on the #Malay community in Kompannaveediya. #lka #srilanka #people #snapshotlka