On 22 July, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, on just his second day as President, oversaw a pre-dawn police and military raid on #GotaGoGama, the anti-government protest site at Galle Face.
17 year-old Dewmini Parindya, a technology student, runs her father’s garage in Thambuttegama. “If your determination is strong enough, you can get anything done with whatever small resources you have,” she says. “Girls can do anything.” Her goal is to one day establish her own garage.
Ahnaf Jazeem and I are communicating through a translator. He speaks and writes in Tamil, and I do neither, but I’m listening hard to how he answers my questions. Slow and guarded when I ask about the time he spent in detainment, steady and rehearsed when rehashing the circumstances surrounding his arrest, quick and impassioned when I ask about poetry, politics or his perspective on the circumstances this country has found itself in.
He speaks in a calm and relaxed tone — the same tone that pacified angered protesters, preventing them from reacting in violence, after violence was first unleashed on them on 09 May and 22 July.
This weekend, we joined Devin on his Sunday grocery run. It may seem rather ordinary at first, but there’s something quite different about the way Devin does his shopping. Can you spot it?
At the height of their power, few in Sri Lanka dared to challenge the Rajapaksa family. For years the political family enjoyed the support of the masses; not only was the opposition decimated, but also had to face the wrath of the adoring masses.
In episode 3 of ‘The Visionary’ series, we meet Moses Akash De Silva, Founder of the Voice for Voiceless Foundation.
In Sri Lanka, a few everyday people are working tirelessly towards their dream of uplifting communities and leaving behind a better society than the one they came into.
In episode 2 of our new series ‘The Visionary’, we talk to Thuru.lk founder Hasanka Padukka on how he is leveraging technology and social entrepreneurship to counteract some of the most serious environmental issues of our time.
It sounds cliche, but when Hirunika Premachandra was 10 years old, she wrote an English essay about how she would like to be the President of Sri Lanka when she grew up.
“I was born into computers. My mum is an ICT teacher and my dad is a former coder, so I’ve never known a life without technology.”
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