Sri Lankan-American winner of a Genius Grant champions immigrant children
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Sri Lankan-American winner of a Genius Grant champions immigrant children

When Ahilan Arulanantham heard that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation had named him a recipient of the $625,000 “Genius Grant,” one of the first things he thought about was how much he would like to spend some of it on supporting human rights work in Sri Lanka. Since the announcement was made … Continue reading

£417k study to improve research ethics in humanitarian crises
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£417k study to improve research ethics in humanitarian crises

Sitting among the members of a displaced community in Puttalam a few years ago, Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana found himself thinking about the ethical problems around health research. To get to this point – where he was able to meet people who had been driven out of their homes by the LTTE, had been displaced for … Continue reading

Asha de Vos: Explorer at large
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Asha de Vos: Explorer at large

  Asha de Vos knew what to expect before the big announcement. “The hardest part was keeping it secret,” she tells The Sunday Times. The only Sri Lankan so far to have a Ph.D. in marine-mammal-related research, de Vos was named an Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society in May this year. Subsequently featured … Continue reading

Shyam Selvadurai, Jean Arasanayagam, Nayomi Munaweera: Writing the 1983 riots
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Shyam Selvadurai, Jean Arasanayagam, Nayomi Munaweera: Writing the 1983 riots

The ethnic riots of 1983 were not the first in Sri Lanka. Nor were they the last. But Black July was indisputably a seismic event in this country’s history. Its echoes are everywhere, but some of my most meaningful encounters with it have been through the island’s literature. From the warmth and innocence of Funny … Continue reading

Sri Lankan Tamils around the world have built an online library to replace one torched in 1981
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Sri Lankan Tamils around the world have built an online library to replace one torched in 1981

Seran Sivananthamoorthy is only 25 years old which is why his knowledge of the Jaffna Public Library is limited to memory and anecdote. The library with some 95,000 volumes including the only original copy of the Yalpana Vaipavamalai or the History of the Kingdom of Jaffna was set alight by a mob in 1981 as … Continue reading

Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile
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Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile

[COLOMBO] Sri Lanka has made significant progress on maternal and child health but falls short on critical health services for vulnerable women, sexual minorities, the country’s at-risk population and those who live in former conflict areas, say the authors of a country profile on sexual and reproductive health. This two-part report on Universal Access to … Continue reading