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Unbridled thoughts on Tsunami Anniversary

Today is the 8th Anniversary of the 2004 tsunami. Stuck yet again in Dhaka – unbelievably, for the 3rd year running, its easy to let my mind run free, raking up the images of the tsunami from the past.

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Return to Hikkaduwa 7 years after tsunami

Unlike many of the other tsunami anniversaries my heart is lighter this year. We have moved past a threshold of pain. Maybe we are propelled by a natural release of energy that they say happens every seven years
, which encourages you to move forward and make changes. Seven years after the tsunami of December 2004, the Kirtisinghe family seems to have found this energy to move back to their much loved home Siriniwasa. Built a century ago in 1911, by my paternal grandfather Kaluappuwa Hennidige Bastian de Silva the main house had stood the wrath of the tsunami. However, the tsunami had taken away the last Kirtisinghe son born in that house, my beloved brother Prasanna.

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Tsunami 5+: The longest day, the darkest night, memories that linger

“What good is all the reconstruction, when we have no parents” — orphaned boy in Hambantota Photograph©Chulie Kirtisinghe de Silva

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Tsunami Musings in Dhaka

I wake up early, long before the alarm goes off. The stillness of the early morning, the chilly inky blackness is a shroud I can’t shrug off. The heart is numb, the mind separates itself to play my private film of the tsunami. This year, the sixth after the tsunami, there is no need to jump out of bed for the early morning drive along the coast road – the heart wrenching stop at Hikkaduwa, where it all happened and then to Katudampe temple for the almsgiving for my brother Prasanna Kirtisinghe.

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How blue was my sea at Hikkaduwa

Four years after the tsunami the trek back to Siriniwasa is filled with poignant flashbacks. Sadly, the memory is as sharp as ever, the pain a trifle dulled by a stoic acceptance, but the eyes still have a mind of its open and fill with tears.

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