Following the success of the Breaking The Silence exhibitions at other universities such as LSE and UCL, King's College London held their exhibition on the 21st November to raise awareness amongst students of the on-going genocide committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka.
The exhibition, held outside the main lecture theatre was run by members of the KCL Tamil Society.
A mini-exhibition called ‘Why should we care?’ allowed students to express their reasons for taking part in the campaign.
One student wrote: ‘As a human being it is the right of the human to care about someone else and, if you don’t care, you are being ignorant’.
Reflecting on the effectiveness of the exhibition the King's College Tamil Society campaigns officer said ,
“The posters proved to be very effective in enticing people to our exhibition, as the students were shocked by the pictures and many were surprised that they had not previously heard about the genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka."
“After the success of the exhibition, one of the things we learnt was that, although many students were unaware of the situation in Sri Lanka, they were very intrigued by the end of their experience. As a result, KCL Tamil Society have decided to keep holding events such as this to educate even more students, with our next event being a screening of ‘No Fire Zone’ next term.”
The campaign can be followed on twitter using ‘#BreakTheSilence’. Keep an eye out on Tamil Guardian for the next entry into the Breaking The Silence Journal.
Catch up on previous entries form this year’s Breaking The Silence campaign below:
Breaking The Silence Journal: St George's (04 December 2013)
Breaking The Silence Journal: City University (02 December 2013)
Breaking The Silence Journal: SOAS (26 November 2013)
Breaking The Silence Journal: UCL (23 November 2013)
Breaking The Silence Journal: LSE (17 November 2013)