Paradise Is Bleeding

Since the attacks first unfolded, our American Embassy has been available to all of those directly affected

Back are the security checkpoints, back are the guns and back are the curfews

Sri Lanka is bleeding, but if it can emerge after 30 years of war, it will most certainly rise again, safer and stronger

 

A lifelong New Yorker, I moved to Sri Lanka in 2008, when it was in the midst of a brutal and seemingly never-ending civil war. I quickly became accustomed to carrying my passport and stopping at checkpoints every few miles, where army officers would point their rifles into my car, checking for anything suspicious. I internalized the fear that a bus next to me could possibly explode with a bomb — a common tactic employed by the militant organization, LTTE. In those days — only sometimes caving and naively requesting that my driver avoid buses, a futile request on crowded Sri Lankan roads. My husband worked in the capital, at Colombo’s World Trade Centre; the eerie similarity in name with NYC’s World Trade Center used to haunt me.

It is still hard for me to reconcile the peaceful nature of this predominantly Buddhist country with its violent history, because I really did not live through it for very long. Within a year of moving, the civil war was suddenly over. The emotional scars remain for those who did live through it, but the physical reminders of the war were gone — no more checkpoints and no more rifles.

Slowly, Sri Lanka began to be unearthed as the hidden gem that it was. Instead of having to implore friends to visit me, Sri Lanka was appearing on all sorts of travel hot lists, including The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller and Lonely Planet

Slowly, Sri Lanka began to be unearthed as the hidden gem that it was. Instead of having to implore friends to visit me, Sri Lanka was appearing on all sorts of travel hot lists, including The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller and Lonely Planet. Sri Lanka was finally having its long overdue moment and tourists were pouring in. Pristine beaches, breathtaking safaris, lush tea country, cultural and religious treasures — so many experiences, all wrapped into one small teardrop-shaped island. After 10 years of this fanfare, we are back to the tears. Tears shed for more than 250 innocent lives lost due to terrorism, again. It could have been me and my family at those brunches — those were hotels that we frequented — or any of my Christian friends at those churches. Back are the security checkpoints, back are the guns and back are the curfews. Imagine, for an American, to be told that you cannot leave the house until curfews have been lifted. I could not access Facebook or WhatsApp, my primary methods of communication with my loved ones. The limitations on personal freedoms have been a lot to digest, but something I accept, considering the intent. My children’s school will remain closed indefinitely. Answering my sons’ questions has been one of the hardest parts to me. My first experience with terrorism was when I was a Columbia College senior; I distinctly remember being in my Broadway dorm room when my parents called me, completely distraught. I rushed to the common room to watch the news with my floor mates, all of us huddled around the screen watching the towers fall. All of it seemed surreal and incomprehensible to me at the age of 20. My children are, unfortunately, having to grapple with it at the tender ages of five and seven.

They have, until this point, only seen the seemingly happy co-existing of faiths. In my home, when one accounts for my household staff, we have all four of the major religions of Sri Lanka living happily under one roof, my own little melting pot.

Speaking of melting pots, I have never been prouder to be an American citizen. Since the attacks first unfolded, our American Embassy has been available to all of those directly affected and to those of us simply seeking information. News alerts have been informative, accurate and consistent; everyone I meet seems to want to know what the American alert level is. We hope that the FBI and other American agencies here helping with the investigations will be able to assist in finding the perpetrators of these heinous attacks so we can begin to rebuild … again.

Sri Lanka is bleeding, but if it can emerge after 30 years of war, it will most certainly rise again, safer and stronger. America, the country of my birth, did after 9/11, as did India, the country of my family’s origin, after 26/11 [the 2008 Mumbai attacks]. Once the dust settles and the path to reconciliation recommences, I invite all of you to visit our beautiful paradise island, the country that has my heart.

“Reprinted with Permission from Columbia College Today.”

By Sonia Dandona Hirdaramani – ’02 continues to be involved with Columbia through her roles as member of the Young Advisory Council for the College, Class Agent International Vice-Chair, Regional ARC Chair and Class Correspondent.

source

 

 

Visits: 226

You may also like...

123 Responses

  1. Estheroppofk says:

    Kaqbhi adiloe cvs pharmacy canadian online pharmacy

  2. Estheroppof says:

    Sdlxnu fxcdqp best online canadian pharmacy canadian online pharmacy

  3. suba suba says:

    Thank you for your article.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  4. Estheroppof says:

    Olynaa qhbsrz canadian pharmacy cialis online canadian pharmacy

  5. Estheroppof says:

    Mbotkr blspyq generic viagra online Buy viagra no prescription required

  6. Estheroppof says:

    Tpscfx odytkn Buy viagra Canadian viagra 50mg

  7. Whispering Misty So sorry you all skip the workshop!

  8. Estheroppof says:

    Upgmzv fnsgvl Discount viagra online canadian pharmacy

  9. just go to says:

    so I guess I all just sum it up what I wrote and say, I am thoroughly

  10. Estheroppof says:

    Cyvsbt szjwva Cialis visa cvs pharmacy

  11. Thank you ever so for you article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  12. Some genuinely prime articles on this website , saved to bookmarks.

  13. Tattoo Shops says:

    Thank you ever so for you blog. Will read on

  14. You made a number of nice points there. I did a search on the matter and found a good number of folks will consent with your blog.

  15. There as certainly a great deal to find out about this issue. I really like all the points you made.

  16. Estheroppof says:

    Qsbosi ushlsi Cialis free samples best online pharmacy

  17. 3d signs says:

    Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this blog could undeniably be one of the best in its field.

  18. Looking forward to reading more. Great post.Much thanks again. Really Great.

  19. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely loved every little bit of it. I have you book-marked to look at new stuff you post

  20. ATID-431 says:

    I went over this site and I believe you have a lot of wonderful information, saved to favorites (:.

  21. Really enjoyed this blog.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  22. The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

  23. WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I am completely overwhelmed.. Any tips? Thanks!

  24. Estheroppof says:

    Wwtnek rshqfv Cialis on sale canadian pharmacy online

  25. Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Thanks Again.

  26. Usually I don at read post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great post.

  27. You made some decent points there. I looked on the web for additional information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.

  28. OiJGpRMQJCks says:

    Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is great, as well as the content!

  29. I really liked your blog post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  30. XVSR 547 says:

    wonderful post, very informative. I wonder why the opposite specialists of this sector do not understand this. You should proceed your writing. I am sure, you ave a great readers a base already!

  31. I visited many blogs however the audio quality for audio songs current at this web page is in fact fabulous.

  32. C_HANAIMP_16 says:

    This is one magnificent blog post. Much obliged.

  33. YjaPPghs says:

    Thanks so much for the blog article.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  34. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn at find it. What a great web-site.

  35. Just a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding pattern. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler. by Albert Einstein.

  36. Jade voyance tirage gratuit tarot de belline

  37. Really informative blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  38. Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is fantastic, as well as the content!

  39. Xgifnq izvvoh buy levitra online non prescription ed pills

  40. There is visibly a bundle to identify about this. I consider you made various good points in features also.

  41. Well I truly enjoyed studying it. This information offered by you is very practical for proper planning.

  42. Brand viagra says:

    Ssfwxi zldzfd best real casino online online casino real money paypal

  43. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Wonderful. I am also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your effort.

  44. Looking forward to reading more. Great blog.Really thank you! Want more.

  45. Than?s for your maаА аБТ–vаА аЂа•lаА аБТ•us posting!

  46. I really liked your blog.Much thanks again. Great.

  47. Very good post! We are linking to this great post on our website. Keep up the good writing.

  48. McDaid says:

    This blog was how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I ave found something that helped me. Cheers!

  49. Wlqrjd lsutkd best online casino win real money online casino for free

  50. Im no pro, but I believe you just crafted an excellent point. You certainly comprehend what youre talking about, and I can truly get behind that. Thanks for being so upfront and so truthful.

  51. Im obliged for the article. Much obliged.

  52. ecomoulding says:

    It will never feature large degrees of filler information, or even lengthy explanations.

  53. tranh canvas says:

    You made some first rate factors there. I regarded on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with along with your website.

  54. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is wonderful, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about &.

  55. Bcfibj axdxnn tadalafil 5 mg online canadian pharmacy

  56. Xiccoj homofa propecia cost erection pills online

  57. Muchos Gracias for your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  58. They phone the writer Shonda however she doesn’t seriously like currently getting named like that. What me and my family love is to play rock and roll and now I have time to just take on new items. Texas is where her property is. Managing individuals has been his career for some time and his wage has been seriously fulfilling.

  59. I truly appreciate this article post.Really thank you! Want more.

  60. This is my first time visit at here and i am actually pleassant to read everthing at one place.

  61. Just bookmarked your blog, it is a really great and useful piece of info. I am happy that you shared this helpful tidbit with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Keep writing.

  62. You have mentioned very interesting points! ps decent site.

  63. very good post, i definitely love this web site, keep on it

  64. marketing says:

    You have observed very interesting details! ps decent site.

  65. 50mg viagra says:

    Bvfbvm dsekjj viagra without a doctor prescription medicine erectile dysfunction

  66. Whats Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively useful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & help other users like its helped me. Good job.

  67. edu backlink says:

    I truly like your site put up. Maintain publishing far more worthwhile info, we value it!

  68. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post plus the rest of the site is also really good.

  69. I visited a lot of website but I believe this one holds something special in it in it

  70. Your positions continually have got a lot of really up to date info. Where do you come up with this? Just saying you are very resourceful. Thanks again

  71. In it something is also to me this idea is pleasant, I completely with you agree.

  72. Very nice write-up. I absolutely appreciate this site. Stick with it!

  73. I value the article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  74. In it something is. Thanks for the help in this question, the easier, the better

  75. Im grateful for the blog.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  76. Mpcwnt xjkapd discount viagra buy ed pills online

  77. Viagra says:

    Thank you ever so for you post.Much thanks again.viagra

  78. Hzpdwy pglyzk viagra samples How to get some viagra

  79. It as uncommon knowledgeable folks for this subject, but you sound like there as a lot more you are discussing! Thanks

  80. Get viagra says:

    Syvovu fxgums casino slots casino online games

  81. Thanks so much for the article post. Really Great.

  82. It as genuinely very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on Television, thus I only use world wide web for that purpose, and obtain the most recent news.

  83. ineldec.com says:

    There as noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made sure nice points in options also.

  84. it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be

  85. with us. аА аЂ leаА аЂаse stay us up to dаА аЂаte like thаАаб‚Т€Т“s.

  86. Tattoo says:

    Muchos Gracias for your blog article. Want more.

  87. you could have an excellent blog right here! would you prefer to make some invite posts on my weblog?

  88. Locksmiths says:

    Your style is so unique compared to other people I ave read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

  89. Have you ever actually attempted to place together a strategy on-line gambling? These are the individuals who benefit the most from gambling as individuals. Even when you wish to stop, there is nothing you can do.

  90. onto a friend who was conducting a little homework on this.

  91. Say, you got a nice blog.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  92. Pkxjud aphojp online cash advance loan for bad credit

  93. Major thankies for the article.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  94. NACR-345 says:

    Wohh exactly what I was looking for, thankyou for putting up. The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope. by Walter Benjamin.

  95. NACR-347 says:

    Thank you for your article post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  96. Doopgq fqkobk online loan hollywood casino online real money

  97. NACR 348 says:

    Thank you ever so for you blog. Will read on

  98. C_TS4C_2020 says:

    Of course, what a magnificent website and informative posts, I will bookmark your blog.Best Regards!

  99. Usually I do not read post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite nice article.

  100. Wgcuwv zsywlf payday loan online best online casino for money

  101. MXGS 1146 says:

    Thanks for another wonderful post. Where else could anybody get that type of information in such an ideal way of writing? I ave a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

  102. info says:

    It as really a nice and useful piece of info. I am glad that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  103. EKDV-640 says:

    Major thanks for the post.Thanks Again. Fantastic. ventolin

  104. information with us. Please stay us up to date like this.

  105. Brand viagra says:

    Eposue uspgej payday advance payday loans for bad credit

  106. explore says:

    Wow! Thank you! I always needed to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my site?

  107. Very good article.Much thanks again. Want more.

  108. There is perceptibly a bundle to identify about this. I feel you made certain nice points in features also.

  109. This is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

  110. Del Kiral says:

    Looking forward to reading more. Great blog article.

  111. Yjchek zthvzg buy amoxicilina 500 mg online walmart price for amoxicillin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.