On the 24th of this month the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney held a solemn event to remember all those who died in the civil-war in Sri Lanka. The Forum emphasised on the fact that the war was more than anything else a tragedy, and that it should be remembered as such. The dead were remembered just as human beings; as someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, husband, wife, friend, rather than as heroes, villains or terrorists.
One could sense something strange and at the same time touching about the event, as a small but diverse group of people gathered inside a national park in Sydney to mourn all the people who died in a long war fought in a distant country almost 10,000 kilometres away. Though the number of people who had gathered was small, they represented a microcosm of Sri Lanka.