March 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm (post-war) (, )

A number of people were promised jobs as Secretaries of Jana Sabhas and because of that they didn’t want to come and work with us. They went behind politicians, got involved in their campaigns, pasted posters for them and just ran behind them as much as they could. But until today not a single one of them has been given a job… What I saw was they gave up the jobs that they were doing here and they lost their chance here – and a large number of them left to go and paste posters. Both during the Presidential and the General Elections. They were promised the post of Secretary of Jana Sabhas for both elections. All of them were degree holders – they served food to people, went from house to house


Youth Activist, Kandy


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March 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

There is competition… when the war started the wealthy went to Colombo or some other area and moved away from the war affected-areas. But the people who have suffered here can’t come up because the youth who have gone to Colombo and coming back now and are taking up the jobs. They don’t have CIMA, AAT, IAB (extra studies other than A/L)


Youth Worker, Jaffna

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going home…

March 19, 2011 at 9:30 am (Uncategorized) (, )

When you say youth…..I am also a youth. But there is a generation that is after me, I’m not sure about them. But I can remember very well of the places we lived. When we moved I was only 7 years. When we went back again……I truly did feel that I was returning home. I visited Jaffna in 2009…. Yes…..after the road was opened…within one month after they reopened the roads…..i went. We went back with much ecstasy….It’s hard to explain…..the roads we roamed, the school I studied in….I went looking for all those places.

“I have already gone and registered myself there…. Why?….cause my name must be there in ‘Yaarl Soil’ it is my wish.. It must be there in that voters list. Because I have property there, I want that. Not everyone thinks like this though.

There are people who are finding it difficult to forget, the places there and memories of Jaffna.


Young Leader, Puttalam

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They don’t have that sensitivity…

March 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm (post-war) (, )

Most people aren’t at all sensitive to these issues. They don’t have that sensitivity. Most people in Kandy don’t feel it. When you consider youth in Kandy, most of them have no understanding of war is. Although people in the North and East understood… Kandy is a lot like areas down south… they weren’t really affected too much by the war

Youth Activist, Kandy

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It’s childish….

March 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

“It’s so stupid and childish. And the government is so stupidly glorifying ‘ok the war is over, we killed the bad guys’. It’s so childish because the underlying issues of how the war came about is not addressed at all.”

Young Women’s Rights Activist, Colombo

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Before the opening of the A9 – they were very innocent…

March 15, 2011 at 9:19 am (Uncategorized) (, )

They hadn’t seen the phone or computers. You can use these for good things but they can also be used for bad things. Those days things were very strict but now they feel as though that are free. Youth are using things like computers and phones for bad things. These things have been there in Colombo from those days. But here they didn’t know anything and it was controlled. Now it’s opened suddenly. I don’t know what will happen in the future.

Youth Worker, Jaffna

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Technology and it’s effect on us…

March 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm (post-war) (, )

And with the advent of technology the amount of time they spend in society has reduced significantly as well. With the advent of technology like with facebook and the internet ,you are generally sitting inside and living in a dream world that you create. We don’t really spend much time in society. Although because of technology the disconnectivity between us has been reduced… we can connect with anyone we want quite easily – through the phone, the internet and all that. But because of that ease people tend to connect to each other through that rather than meeting in person. So as far as I see it the biggest challenge we face now is the fact that there is no opportunity for young people to meet face to face. They don’t have an opportunity to come together and work together, to experience society together… they don’t have an opportunity to experience the true meaning of society. And they haven’t had a real opportunity to really experience what life really is.

Youth Leader, Kandy

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they don’t have memories of their hometown…

March 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

“There is a gap between the older generation and the new generation. The older generation want to go back….they see a difference in their culture and traditions and they want to protect that. But for the youth they have no clarity about these things. The generation that came after us….those who were born in 1990 or late 1980s……for most of them they don’t know….don’t know anything…they don’t have memories of their hometowns”.

Youth Activist, Puttalam

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What I was expecting

March 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm (Uncategorized)

during the height of the war there was lot of hype, lot of efforts towards promoting the whole conflict and whatever that was going on there. But I was expecting the same amount of efforts to be put in terms of showing the country what is going on in those areas, how those people are affected, what their thoughts are- so that kind of thing did not happen


Youth activist, Colombo

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Seeing beyond the war

March 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

War was just an outward manifestation of a deeper problem. And so I guess the war is over now let’s focus on the deeper problem. And that’s where young people have to engage and say ‘why is there conflict? Why is there an inferiority or a superiority complex? Why is there a feeling of I don’t belong? Why is there a feeling of its just us and others?’ how do we engage that? How can we make people see that?

Youth Leader, Colombo

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