'Album of Persecution: Justice, Despair, Tears' - Jaffna photo exhibition

The long running campaign by families of the disappeared across the Tamil homeland was highlighted in a moving photo exhibition, 'Album of Persecution: Justice, Despair, Tears', in Jaffna last week.

Canadian Minister and MPs join Tamil Heritage Month celebration in Montreal

A Canadian minister and several MPs joined over 1000 Quebec Tamils to celebrate Tamil Heritage Month in January. The event showcased Tamil history, tradition, culture and food as well as highlighted the notable achievements of members of the Quebec Tamil community. The event was attended by Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and several MPs including Faycal El-Khoury, Eva Nassif, Emmanuella Lambropoulos and Gary Anandasangaree. Elected officials from the provincial and municipal governments were also among the guests, as well community leaders from the Filipino, Haitian and Sikh...

British Tamil students build media centre at Mullaitivu school

A new media centre funded by a British Tamil student group was opened at a Mullaitivu school on January 29. The media centre at Kumulamunai Maha Vidyalayam was a project conceived and funded by the UK Tamil Students Union (UKTSU). The centre will serve the school's 525 students aged 11-18 and is equipped with computers, wireless internet, printers, interactive whiteboard and other IT equipment. UKTSU came up with the project after meeting with Kumulamunai students in 2014 and hearing about their dreams and aspirations. The media centre will "assist the students with their education and enrich...

Temple for Tamil king Ravanan opened in Jaffna

A new Saiva Tamil temple paying tribute to the legendary Tamil king Ravanan has been opened in Moolai - Ponnalai in the Jaffna district.

Evoking the armed struggle - the kites at VVT festival

Crowds at Valvettithurai beach cheered as kites bearing motifs of the Tamil armed struggle took to the skies for the annual Thai Pongal kite festival on January 14. Entries included a military tank which bore red and yellow flags, the colours of Tamil Eelam, a hybrid tank decorated with what appeared to be tiger stripes, and a boat named ‘Angayarkanni’ - a possible tribute to the LTTE’s first female Black Tiger.

Canadian Prime Minister calls for justice in Sri Lanka, as politicians praise Tamil diaspora at Thai Pongal

Speaking at an event to mark Thai Pongal in Toronto last week, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for justice and accountability in Sri Lanka, as dozens of Canadian politicians from across the political spectrum praised the Tamil diaspora’s contributions. Trudeau noted that 2019 marks ten years since the end of the armed conflict on the island, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, and said that it “leads many of us to reflect still on family members and loved ones who were affected, who lost their lives or injured and harmed in those 25 terrible years”. “We need...

Thai Pongal celebrated by Tamils worldwide

The Tamil festival of Thai Pongal was celebrated around the world and across the Tamil homeland on Tuesday. The secular festival gives thanks to the sun and for the harvest, and dates back in its current form to at least as far back as the Medieval Chola empire. Tamil households and workplaces in the homeland and across the world celebrate by boiling milk and rice - the eponymous 'pongal' - in a clay pot, often accompanied by various other treats and seasonal fruits. The overflow of the milk symbolises abundance and prosperity for the year to come. Our warmest Thai Pongal wishes to Tamils...

Canadian politicians heap praise on Tamil diaspora as they mark Tamil Heritage Month

Canadian politicians from across the political spectrum released statements congratulating the Tamil community on their achievements and thanking them for their contributions to Canadian life as they marked Tamil Heritage Month. The occasion was first marked after an unanimous decision in the House of Commons in 2016, passing a resolution to declare the January as Tamil Heritage Month. Since then, January has seen numerous events take place across the country with community leaders and politicians attending and paying tribute to Tamil Canadians. The Toronto District School Board earlier announced that the month would be marked with the theme of “ Remembrance. Resilience. Recognition.” See some of the messages of support that Canadian politicians have been sending to the Tamil diaspora in the country below.

Christmas celebrated in Tamil homeland

Tamil Christians celebrated Christmas today in the homeland, with church services and private celebrations.

British students 'Break The Silence' on Tamil oppression

British Tamil students held the 'Breaking The Silence' series last month, raising awareness on the stuggles of maintaining Tamil culture and traditions amid ethnic and cultural oppression by the Sri Lankan state. Across Maaveerar Week (Great Heroe's Week) in November, the Tamil Students Initiative (TSI) held a series of events at universities across London, which included an art exhibition on displacement, talks on the ongoing military oppression in the North-East and discussions on identity within the diaspora, as well as a book club.