About

The Project

This project conducted by the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research aims to document and share stories of strength, courage and resilience of Tamil civilians before, during and after the armed conflict. ACPR intends to document 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 hopes 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 Mullaivaikal 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 victim-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.
Narratives will continue to be uploaded to the 'Stories of Mullivaikkaal' series over the next three months. All stories from the 'Stories of Mullivaikkaal' series will be made available in Tamil shortly and will be published in print in a short volume at the end of August. For those interested in being informed when new stories are made available please sign up for email notifications.
Methodology for 'Stories of Mullivaikkaal' Series
Narratives were collected using semi-structured interviews. Stories remain true to the interviews and were written from transcripts of those interviews without any additions or embellishments. However, to protect the confidentiality of the interviewees for security reasons, any facts that may identify the individuals interviewed were removed. Illustrations were created based on aspects of individuals' stories. Written and verbal consent was obtained from all interviewees.

The Team

Interviews conducted by: Anushani Alagarajah and Dharsha Jegatheeswaran
Writing of stories by: Kirthika Umasuthan and Dharsha Jegatheeswaran
Editing of stories by: Abinaya Kumarakurunathan and Akil Kumaraswamy
Illustrations by: Shibanee Siva