Father George Sigamoney from our partner Caritas Sri Lanka talks about the floods that recently hit Sri Lanka.
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I have always felt very personally involved with the suffering of the East Timorese people when, after a UN-sponsored referendum in August 1999 had resulted in a massive 78% vote for independence, a terrible wave of violence engulfed the country.
I shared their rejoicing when, following international intervention, East Timor was recognised by the UN as a sovereign state, and so returning to the country for celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the referendum felt very special.
It was my fifth visit since independence, and I had been specially invited to take part in a three-day solidarity conference, as well as bring material for a commemorative exhibition.
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Spent the morning with a few people who in most cases lost everything to the tsunami but have since, with assistance from Caritas, got the tools and supplies they need to restart their businesses.
Having seen much of the country this week, from conflict in the east to post-tsunami construction and inter-religious dialogue in the south, it’s nice to end with something so positive.
Galle is about two and half hours south of Colombo, on the southern tip of Sri Lanka.
And it is a far different place today than it was the last time I was here – two weeks after the tsunami devastated much of its coastal length.
I spent some of today with families who had their homes rebuilt, resettled by the government to sites further inland, away from the sea.