13 Aug '11, 4pm

Breathing new life into Sri Lanka's Jaffna Public Library

Breathing new life into Sri Lanka's Jaffna Public Library

JAFFNA: It is a rare privilege for international media to visit the former war torn northern Jaffna peninsula. En route to Jaffna town centre - one still notices soldiers taking up positions at street corners ensuring peace prevails following the end of the civil war in May 2009. It is not long before one is greeted by a historic building, the Jaffna Public Library. It has survived the destruction of a fire and the ravages of a civil war, and now stands as a symbol of hope, especially for the children of Jaffna. The people of Jaffna are yearning for a return to normalcy, hoping their children will receive a good education. However, the road to reconciliation remains an uphill task. K. N. Douglas Devananda, Minister for Traditional and Small Industries for Sri Lanka, said: "Its taking effect very steadily and slowly. However, there are still some anti-government supporters ...

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