Thalir - Reflections from Mullivaikkal survivors

The following pieces are reflections from Tamil children who all survived the massacres at Mullivaikkal. Eleven years later, they are telling their stories around the genocide they faced and are reclaiming the narrative. They have all lost at least one family member during the massacres of 2009. All are now living in the diaspora.

Tamil diaspora keeps frontline workers fully fed

As healthcare workers around the world have been battling the coronavirus, Tamil diaspora activists and businesses have been helping to keep frontline workers fully fed and fighting fit over the last two months. Activists in London and Toronto were handing out free meals to healthcare workers in both cities, as part of community efforts around the globe. In London, the Tamil Coordinating Committee delivered supplies to Northwick Park Hospital. Food was also donated to frontline workers last month by the Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Temple. Meanwhile, the Walthamstow Sri Karpaha Vinayagar Temple...

Mullaitivu student thanks widowed mother for top O Level results

With many schools in Mullaitivu, considered to be among the most deprived districts on the island, celebrating the success of their students in national exams, one student in Thunukkai paid tribute to her widowed mother for her top results. Manoja Jeganathan, a student at the Katchilamadu Panadaravannian Maha Vidyalayam, achieved 8 As in her O Level examinations. She has attributed her success in large part to the support and hard work of her mother Suganthini, who has raised her and her elder brother single-handedly, since she was widowed thirteen years ago. Manoja and her brother Piranavan...

British Tamils mourn popular miruthangam artiste and teacher

Amidst the losses caused by the coronavirus crisis, the passing of much loved miruthangam teacher and artiste Kandiah Anandanadesan on April 16 has shocked and saddened the Tamil community in London. Born in 1961 in Thellipalai, Jaffna, Anandanadesan attended Union College and Mahajana college, and trained in miruthangam under Guru K P Sinnarajah. His father was a teacher at Union College, and his mother one of the first women to teach at Mahajana. Part of an influential generation of Eelam-born artistes and teachers who transported the traditional fine arts and Tamil language education to...

‘Love and unity’ in times of COVID-19 after Toronto couple passes away

A fundraiser for the family of a Tamil husband and wife who passed away from coronavirus to leave behind three daughters has raised more than $100,000 in what the organisers have called a lesson in the “power of love and unity during this heartbreaking time”. 61-year-old Nagarajah Thesingarajah died in hospital on April 15, just two days after his 56-year-old wife, Pushparani Nagarajah, passed away, as they both became victims of the coronavirus pandemic. They leave behind their three daughters, Lavanya, Aranya and Thivya, who are between the ages of 19 and 29. "It's all three of them,...

Tamil healthcare workers around the world on the COVID-19 frontline

With healthcare workers across the globe working to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, we look at some of the Tamils on the frontlines of the battle to save lives. From nurses and doctors to our paramedics and porters, every single contribution is invaluable. And alongside thousands of other workers, the Tamil community has been actively involved in efforts to fight the pandemic. Throughout this month, we will be highlighting stories around the world from those who are working to keep us all safe. Click on each country below to see stories from each region: United Kingdom Canada Singapore USA...

Tamil healthcare workers on the COVID-19 frontline – April 24th

With healthcare workers across the globe working to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, we look at some of the Tamils on the frontlines of the battle to save lives. From nurses and doctors to our paramedics and porters, every single contribution is invaluable. And alongside thousands of other workers, the Tamil community has been actively involved in efforts to fight the pandemic. We will be highlighting stories around the world from those who are working to keep us all safe.

Tamil healthcare workers on the COVID-19 frontline – April 20th

With healthcare workers across the globe working to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, we look at some of the Tamils on the frontlines of the battle to save lives. From nurses and doctors to our paramedics and porters, every single contribution is invaluable. And alongside thousands of other workers, the Tamil community has been actively involved in efforts to fight the pandemic.

Children’s books tackle COVID-19 in Tamil

Humanitarian organisations have teamed up with a children’s author to create a storybook on how to stay safe from the coronavirus in Tamil, as part of a global initiative to provide accessible information in different languages around the world. “My Hero Is You,” a new illustrated book by Helen Patuck, was project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG) with support from the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and Save the Children.

The Cost of Resistance

The following poem, reproduced from Adi Magazine, has been written by an activist based in Jaffna, working with war-affected Tamil communities.

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