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Shanthi's Story

'Stories of Resilience' is a project by the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) that aims to document and share stories of strength, courage and resilience of Tamil communities before, during and after the armed conflict. ACPR intends to preserve these stories for current and future generations of Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Diaspora as part of a broader conversation about Tamil identity. This project aims to contribute to efforts around the world to document and share stories of Tamil survival, by documenting stories of those who still live in Sri Lanka and continue to persevere.
We are beginning this project by launching a series entitled "Stories of Mullivaikkaal". This series presents alternative narratives from survivors of Mullivaikkaal which does not narrow their lived experiences to helpless victimhood but rather promotes and accepts their agency. We hope that this series will raise awareness about the struggle and resilience of the survivors of the last phase of the war and broaden the conversation about assisting those who suffered mass atrocities during the end of the war.
Please follow the links above or in the menu bar to read the stories of these courageous and resilient Tamil men and women. Stories will continue to be uploaded to the 'Stories of Mullivaikkaal' series and will be published in print in a short volume before the end of 2017. Links to Tamil translations of stories are available at the bottom of each story post.  
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