Volunteer Program of Young Lasallians in the District of Colombo
5 youngsters joined in this exposure program. All of them joined wholeheartedly as it was soon after their college final examination.
This is the first ever exposure of the young Lasallians of Sri Lanka
Written reflection of the young Lasallian volunteers of their experience
As the country is looking forward for a so called CHANGE in addressing the issue of the land and its governance, we need to focus on the root causes and the violent methods used to achieve the end of the thirty long years of war. This year reminds us the second anniversary of victory and defeat of war among the people in our country. Yes! some were jubilant as they won and for the freedom of movement without so called fear, but even now there are people who are sad and angry as they lost all they owned, their loved ones and above all they even feel that they are stripped off their identity and dignity. There is another group who are baffled, confused and unconcerned. But the reality is that WE are wounded and still need healing.
For most of us this was not the first visit to these areas after the recent war. We have experienced the suffering and the agony of our brothers and sisters .This exposure revealed to us some more areas to ponder as citizens in this wounded land.
In the La Sallian Children’s Home we were able to listen to some pathetic stories of war. The little children over there, have experienced violent deaths and many casualties of their beloved parents, other family members and loved ones. They saw it all with their own eyes. How long will these memories linger in their minds? These traumatized children are suffering silently. Is it not going to be a serious issue in the healing of a nation if we neglect these inner wounds? On the other hand this exposure raised so many questions in our minds after listening to the first hand informants of war other than what was telecasted in the State Media.
There were many striking moments in this exposure.
Our only wish is May the southerners go over there not on pleasure tours but just to listen to their own brothers and sisters, especially to the stories of innocent children who were severely affected by war and tsunami with an open mind.
Let this type of exposures provide a sacred space for young La Sallian voices to be heard in the process of national reconciliation and true peace.