Disappearance Is A Crime Against Humanity; Let us not allow it to happen again!
“Death is merciful than disappearance"", " We don't know whether to place flowers and mourn or wait for some more time?”, “We don’t know whether to continue wearing the “Pottu” and “Thaalikkody” (symbols for married women) or not”, “We have not yet given up the search”, ‘We don’t know what to tell our children about their fathers, who have been disappeared”, “Authorities say “we don’t know anything about our loved ones or their whereabouts””, “We are struggling as single women to look after our families”, " War is over, but our loved ones are still missing", "" "Our plight is forgotten"", “If they tell us we can carry out the funeral rites according to our beliefs” ~ these are some of the emotional thoughts shared by the family members of the disappeared who have travelled from North, East and South to Raddoluwa, Seeduwa to remember the disappeared.
Relatives of the people who have either gone missing or killed during the period of 1987 ~ 1990 gathered to commemorate the National Day for the Disappeared Persons on 27th of October 2012. Family members from the North and East of Sri Lanka joined the commemoration to show solidarity. The day marks the 23rd death anniversary of Ranjth Herath and M. Lionel who were abducted, killed and burned. Their bodies were found on 27th of October 1989 at the Raddoluwa junction in Seeduwa.
Monument for the Disappeared against every single disappearance was inaugurated in 2000 in Raddoluwa, Seeduwa. Families of the Disappeared has been commemorating the National Day for the Disappeared Persons from 1991.
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