Sri Lanka: Analysing the Role of Arts And Culture In Reconciliation

Iromi Dharmawardhane in Eurasia Review, 23 April 2012

War tears us apart. Needless to say, seeing and experiencing – or committing – violence and injustice every waking day, for long years of our life, will take an untold toll on our humanity. Thus, when war ends, the cessation of violence and fighting on the battlefields and regained physical security of person does not serve to extinguish the rage and pain searing through communities who have hitherto been devastated by experiences of death, abduction, torture, harassment, intimidation, destruction, and deprivation. The war may be in the past, but the hurt continues. The world having been only a place of insecurity, anxiety, fear, and agony for those directly affected by war, the government and the people of a conflict-affected nation must do everything to rebuild the lives of the victims of war and allow the time and space needed to heal their gaping wounds. FOR THE REST,  SEE

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