Students at the University College London closed the second week of the ‘Breaking the Silence’ campaign, after successful exhibitions at King’s College, Imperial College, Brunel University and London Metropolitan University.
Being in close proximity to a Volunteering Society stall as well as an Occupy protest did little to draw attention away from the ‘Breaking the Silence’ posters and artwork which was exhibited in the South Cloisters – the connecting hallway of UCL’s main building as well as the access point to the college’s main library.
Members of UCLU’s International Tamil Society were joined by students from the London School of Economics who helped to answer questions and told visitors about the recent attacks on Jaffna University students.
Second year student Shylee Shah said,
"I was shocked by the exhibition. It is unbelievable how selective the mainstream media is in what they cover about Sri Lanka. We need more initiatives like this to shed more light on the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka."
Vice-President of UCLU International Tamil Society, Niro Balakumar said,
''We felt that the exhibition was a success in respect of raising awareness to those who were not aware of the previous, current and ongoing events affecting the Tamils in Sri Lanka."
"However, raising awareness isn't enough to resolve the situation of Tamils, and we should seek to involve those newly informed as well as do more as Tamil students to seek justice for our brothers and sisters and for a lasting solution to the grievances of our people."