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Breaking the Silence Journal 2014: Cardiff University

Cardiff Tamil Society kicked off this year's Breaking the Silence campaign by holding a week long exhibition, raising awareness of the ongoing genocide committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Organised in collaboration with the university's Amnesty International society, the campaign outlined the ongoing genocide and human rights abuses of the Tamil nation through a combination of posters, artwork, and informative conversation.

The exhibition, held at the IV Lounge, Neuadd Merionydd building in the Heath Park campus and at the Cardiff University Law School, drew the attention of dozens of students throughout the week, with many stopping to add their thoughts to a “thought board”.

The university newsletter wrote a piece on the exhibition, saying,

“When students at the exhibition were given the opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter, words such as “speechless”, “barbaric” and “brutal” dominated.

"Paran Kiritharamohan, Tamil Soc committee member, says “Breaking the silence is an exhibition to raise awareness for the inhumane war crimes which occurred in Sri Lanka. It concerns me that such a serious issue is not more publicised. This is what we set out to do; spread the word, raise awareness, and try to get a few steps closer to justice, however small they may be.””

“Genocide is just the tip of the iceberg. Sexual violence, torture and denial of basic human rights occurred alongside the systematic killing – and it’s time for something to be done.”

The campaign can be followed on twitter using ‘#BreakTheSilence’. Keep an eye out on Tamil Guardian for the next entry into the Breaking The Silence Journal.