Follow Up to Sri Lanka
Way back in April, I covered a small but passionate protest against genocide in Sri Lanka. I was surprised that there was little media coverage. In fact, I'm pretty sure I was the only one there. To document the story and help increase awareness, I created an audio slideshow. Not long after, things grew progressively worse, and by May, the United Nations called it a "bloodbath". The war finally came to an end on May 19th, but there were reports that over 200,000 people were being held in government-run camps. Several months passed with little news of what was happening. Then just this week the NY Times ran an article that said "tens of thousands of displaced Tamils held in closed camps would be allowed to leave immediately, but would be required to register with local authorities so that their movements could be monitored." It goes on to say "Rights organizations cautiously welcomed the move, which made it more likely that Sri Lanka would meet its self-imposed deadline of releasing most of the war displaced by the end of the year." Of course there are many questions that still need to be answered, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction. The old slideshow can be viewed below, but please note that it contains some disturbing images.