Almost one hundred Tamils came together in Toronto to mark the 10 year anniversary of the tsunami which killed thousands of people across the North-East of the island, and hundreds of thousands more across South Asia and parts of Africa.
“The holiday season is a time when we showcase our noblest emotions: love, generosity, caring and compassion,” said the Canadian Tamil Congress. “For many Tamil Canadians, while this holiday season is marked by a patchwork of sentiments, our thoughts inevitably turn to less joyous images, namely of those who lost their lives in the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.”
People lined up and laid down flowers in front of a memorial in remembrance of the victims, at the event in Scarborough, Toronto.
Amongst them was tsunami survivor Jebnesan Ratnam, who lost his two nieces and aunt in the disaster. Hear his account of the tsunami in a report by CityNews Toronto below.
Also see our feature: Remembering the tsunami, 10 years on (26 Dec 2014)