By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
"My son has been missing since March 2009 from Puthumaththalan, Vanni
" tearful Subathra Atputharasa
A Tamil mother of a missing son from the north weeps at the Monument for the Disappeared
It was a rare scene at the Monument for the
Disappeared placed in Raddoluwa, Seeduwa, where the Tamil families from the
north and east have come to commemorate.
These Tamil families began their emotional journey with tears pouring down from their eyes, in search of their
loved ones, thinking their photos would be on the marble display at the
Monument for the Disappeared, as soon as they arrived in Raddoluwa. But, all of
these Tamil families were disappointed to see the person’s photo which they
were looking for wasn’t there. It was a painful and tearful journey for many whose loved ones have gone missing over the past few decades. Women of the disappeared have surrendered to the Monument for the Disappeared, while men have mourned in silence.
“I am alone,
and unable to do anything after my son has disappeared” emotionally shared
Ashadevi Shanmugalingam, whose son has been missing since July 2006 from
Families and friends of the disappeared gathered in
front of the big and tall country's only Monument for the Disappeared, cleaned the photos with care, kissed them with love, prayed for their souls to rest in peace, one woman lit a candle in front of her missing loved one, wept endlessly and placed freshly plucked Red
Anthuriums tied with green ferns while remembering them forever.
Ranjith Herath and M.Lionel were abducted, killed,
burned, and their bodies were found at the Raddoluwa junction on 27th
of October 1989. Monument for the Disappeared against every single disappearance
was inaugurated in 2000. The National Day for the Disappeared Persons has been
commemorated by the families and friends of the disappeared since 1991. The annual commemoration event is organised by the Families of the Disappeared.
Brought with love in memory of her loved one who has gone missing during 1988~1989 JVP insurgency
Ashadevi Shanmugalingam sobbing as she pays tribute to the people who have gone missing
Photo display of those who have gone missing during 1988~1989 JVP insurgency
"Are they here?
", Tamil families of the disappeared from the north on a collective look out
Families and friends of the disappeared paying tribute
Pushparani Jeyarasa's 19 year-old son has been missing since 23rd of March 2009 from Valaijarmadam
During an emotional speech by a mother of a missing son
Commemoration on the National Day for the Disappeared Persons
|Decorated Monument for the Disappeared|
Paying tribute with flowers and candle
Remembering the disappeared