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"Let us Commemorate all our beloved ones who departed us during the war"

Written By NAFSO on Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 5:42:00 PM

Hundreds of parents, relatives, friends and comrades gathered to commemorate their loved ones who departed them in the brutal war, which was held at Vellimullivaikal on 18th May in Mulaithivu.
It is 10 years after the war ended and we need to ask what are the lessons we learned from those experiences of the war.
In 2009, we thought there would be no more such violence in our country though this is a nightmare today with what is happening- the communal violence against Muslims based on the Easter Sunday Suicidal bomb attacks in the country,
Even after 10 years or more, mothers can not forget the love to their children.
Many of the mothers are still crying and cursing to the war as they lost their children either killing or disappearing during the war.
Do we ready to learn any lesson from those mothers the sufferings of the families, what ever the cause they lost their beloved ones.
We collected this picture from the gathering on 18th May at the Vellemullevaikal memorial event.
Mothers and concerned groups attended the commemoration of War Victims of the war between forces of GOSL & LTTE

"Live with dignity is a right of all Human Beings"

Written By NAFSO on Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 2:55:00 PM

If there is another community affected by Easter Sunday attacks is, the foreigners who were living here in SL as refugees or asylum seekers. Most of them were thrown out from their places of original stay after coming to SL after the massacre. The neighbors of their ares forced the house owners to vacate the houses claiming all those people are terrorists.
They did not have any protection after they left their places and no even place to sleep.
Their clothes and all the basic materials were left behind and they do not have anything for their mere survival.
Thanks to UNHCR, they provide food through ZOA which is not fulfilling the other basic needs other than, water, food and medicine + Clothes. NAFSO provided some basic needs to the victims through the support of their partners, AJWS & CAFOD.

"We Care Children more than anything as they are the Future of the World"

NAFSO team conducted a Counselling program with Children who were kept at the Negombo Policy Station after the aftermath of Easter Sunday Suicidal attacks.
There were around 1200 Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iran and Kashmir, India refugees who were living in Negombo area were thrown out by the neighbors of their houses saying "Muslims are the culprits of the massacre on Easter Sunday."
However, those people did not have any where to stay other than two mosques in Pasyala and Periyamulla and rest kept at Negombo police station around 160 in number. Unfortunate situation is there is no safe, decent place to live other than the Police garage which was provided with the grace of the HQI, of Negombo Police.
There are 36 children living with their parents and suffering all the physical and mental agonies with their parents. As a part of their release of tensions, NAFSO team conducted a counselling program with those children at the Police station.

Continue our efforts for Peace & Reconciliation!

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 9:45:00 PM

NAFSO together with Unity of Negombo Citizens conduct Peace & Reconciliation efforts in and around Negombo. We hung set of Biblical quotations selected by NAFSO team lead by Nuwan Pradeep & Nimal Perera.
We got support from Negombo Mayor and thanks to all others to support us.

Statement on Violence Against Muslims by Women for Peace, Non-Violence and Equality

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 10:27:00 PM



We are committed to justice, equality and meaningful peace in Sri Lanka. We write this in urgency, as anti-Muslim mob violence has erupted in several locations across the island, after 3 weeks of Easter Sunday Suicidal bomb attacks on 21st April.  
Yesterday, [12th May] violence erupted in Chilaw, in the North Western Province, as a mosque and several Muslim-owned shops were attacked by a mob. Today,[13th May] we heard reports of similar violence across the North Western Province, in Kiniyama, Kottaramulla, Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola and other localities.
Many of us lived through Black July, in 1983, when anti-Tamil violence took hundreds of lives. We lived through a bitter civil war which claimed thousands more. We watched in fear and horror as anti-Muslim violence unfolded in 2014 in Aluthgama and last year, in Digana. We are still grieving for all those lives lost, those injured, and families broken due to the violence on 21st April, Easter Sunday.
We write this as an appeal to our collective humanity. We urge all Sri Lankan citizens to reflect deeply on one’s values, faith, religion, and humanity, and to resist violence at all costs. We urge our representatives to quell the violence immediately with unified political leadership, and commit to accountability and justice. We urge all communities to ensure we are not yet again set down the path to an unstoppable war.  There will be no meaning in mourning for more dead, nor will there be meaning in platitudes, in the aftermath. We will not be able to absolve ourselves or explain away our complicity. After everything we have experienced as a nation, if we cannot prevent another Black July, what would we have achieved?
We are holding all citizens, particularly those especially vulnerable, in our collective prayers. We must act against violence. We must learn from history.  

I used to wonder about … those who stood and watched the killing:
does the memory of so many pleading eyes stab like lightning through their days and years
and do the voices
of orphaned children
                                                  weeping forlornly          before  dying haunt their nights?
                                Forty years later
once more there is burning the night sky bloodied, violent and abused

and I - though related
only by marriage -
feel myself both victim and   accused,
flinch at the thinnest curl  of smoke
shrink from the merest thought of fire
while some warm their hands at the flames.
                                     Anne Ranasinghe, July 1983,

Women for Peace, Non-Violence and Equality

13th May 2019


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