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A Pillar Of Sri Lanka’s Economy, Garment Workers Ostracised After A Covid Outbreak At A Factory
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A Pillar Of Sri Lanka’s Economy, Garment Workers Ostracised After A Covid Outbreak At A Factory

Colombo, SRI LANKA — On October 4 this year, a 39-year-old woman from the Brandix garment factory in Minuwangoda tested positive for COVID-19.  By October 13, Brandix, which makes garments for global brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Gap and Marks & Spencer, was at the heart of an expanding cluster of over 1,500 cases.  Garment workers were … Continue reading

Dead Men Walking
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Dead Men Walking

WHEN WE MEET MAALI ALMEIDA—an intrepid photojournalist and the protagonist of Shehan Karunatilaka’s Chats with the Dead, published earlier this year—he is recently dead. The novel is set in 1989, a time Karunatilaka chose because it was what he calls a “perfect storm of terrors.” The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lankan army, Indian … Continue reading

Yuti Magazine: An Archive
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Yuti Magazine: An Archive

Today, I found a bunch of old Yuti  magazines at the bottom of a box. I’m proud of the work we did on them – generating trilingual educational content for children was fun and challenging. We worked with some incredible artists, photographers and writers, and you’ll see that the results were unlike any other magazine … Continue reading

Hasini, Malathi and Sharni: 70 years of Sri Lankan independence
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Hasini, Malathi and Sharni: 70 years of Sri Lankan independence

Archive of Memory, launched this month, is made up of voices from across seven decades of independence. In the introduction to the book – edited and curated by Malathi de Alwis and Hasini Haputhanthri, with the accompanying photographs by Sharni Jayawardena – the editors note that the publication is as representative of the diversity of … Continue reading

Why Colombo’s new museum underscores a thriving art scene
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Why Colombo’s new museum underscores a thriving art scene

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, Colombo is known for its labyrinthine old city markets, grand colonial-era hotels, stunning shipwrecks and wetlands that are home to elusive fishing cats. But not so much for its contemporary art. All that is set to change, however, thanks to the recent launch of the Sri Lankan commercial capital’s Museum … Continue reading

Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka
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Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka

In her introduction to Perspectives (which I wrote for the United Nations Population Fund to mark 50 years of their work in Sri Lanka) Ritsu Nacken the County Representative for UNFPA Sri Lanka explains what the publication sets out to do: “This year, 2019, marks two important milestones in the field of reproductive health globally: 50 years … Continue reading