The site of the 2016 Aranayake landslide, as seen from Bible Rock. This was one of the most destructive effects of Cyclone Roanu that hit #SriLanka in April last year. The slip displaced nearly 500 people, leaving 23 dead and hundreds missing. The second photo shows the new housing built for victims, tightly-packed small houses with aluminium sheets for roofing. Some families have still not received a home, and continue to live in tents in a makeshift camp close to the Mawanella town.
Devotees wait to offer puja at the Ruhunu Maha Devalaya in Kataragama. In the evenings, the grounds are crowded with people taking offerings of fruit and flowers to all the sacred sites of the complex. Kovil, temple, mosque - the prayers and pilgrims meld into one another at one of the island's most revered religious sites. #religion culture #nofilter #SriLanka
The less-visited mosque at Kataragama. While the structure has been around only since the 1950's, there is an 800-year old story of Islam at this location. Veddhas brought offerings of bee's honey and coconut to a holy figure whose tomb the area is built around. #religion #culture #nofilter #SriLanka
Pilgrims to Sella Kataragama make their way through several temples and devales, most having undertaken a long pilgrimage to make these offerings and vows. Bus signs indicate that they journey from as far as Kurunegala, Chilaw and Kandy to this sacred area that is considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus alike. #SriLanka
How the Right to Information helped this man uncover the truth about what had happened to his land. Yesterday marked International Right to Know day. It has been 6 months since the Act has been implemented, and a variety of requests have already been filed on a number of issues. This clip was shared as rtiwatch.lk relaunched its website. A short film on RTI was also screened at the event.
The view atop Athagala in Kurunegala just after sunrise. The 66 foot Buddha statue is a landmark. Construction of the statue only began in 2001 after a series of delays, dating back to 1965.
People engaging with the models, sketches and drawings on Day 2 of the Corridors of Power exhibition in Kurunegala.
Corridors of Power exhibition. On now in Kurunegala. See 45 years of Sri Lanka’s constitutional evolution as you’ve never seen it before! More details at http://groundviews.org/2017/09/18/corridors-of-power-exhibition-in-kurunegala/
The ruins of the old kachcheri in Jaffna, that also served as the residency of the British Government Agent and a public park area. While most of its state is a result of the neglect of the years, it was also damaged by bombing during the conflict and levelled in parts by armed groups. The 'Old Park' area next to it was once a rebel stronghold, with high walls fencing it from sight. It has since been transformed into a 'Children's Park', in a stark contrast to the role it played in the region's recent history. The kachcheri ruins, demarcated a historic site by the Archaeology Department, are a vast complex of corridors and rooms, with walls of varying materials that indicate extensions having been made over time. This sits opposite the new District Secretariat office, at the approach along the Kandy Road. Photos by @amaliniii #SriLanka