A group of students in Los Angeles have hosted a bake sale to highlight the genocide of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, after learning about genocide in their high school classes.
Held in Beverly Hills, hundreds of dollars were raised as passersby were drawn to the sale of cakes, cookies and wristbands.
The students who began to research the genocide on the island, felt particularly passionate about what had happened and decided to try and raise awareness about the issue. Speaking to TamilNet, they said,
"We searched videos and read articles of the Sri Lankan people and we felt that it was our duty to help them in any way we could,"
The group raising money for Tamils Against Genocide, are also in the process of setting up their own club at high school to further their campaign work.
They have also travelled to elementary schools teaching younger students about the genocide and have created their own awareness video and told the Tamil Guardian that,
“We created the video to inform the world about what is going on in Sri Lanka.“
Stating that many voices on the island have now been stifled they further said,
“it was our job to speak up for them and show the rest of the world what is going on in Sri Lanka.”