Delon Madavan

Delon Madavan (32 years) Paris, France ‘ The first question that people ask me is, ‘do people in France know what happened to us? The fact is that even me… I don’t really know…, so I understand that as a researcher, among the different things that we have to do is try to work to conserve this memory of what happened.’’ Delon was born in the 80s in France and does not know about the 83’ pogrom from his parents. Nevertheless, he recalls the experience of a good friend who experienced it and noted that it is part of a …

Anuthigaa Periyathamby

Anuthigaa Periyathamby (23 years) Zürich, Switzerland In this video story Anuthigaa talks of the 83’ pogrom as a vague event in terms of her knowledge of the Sri Lankan conflict and recalls that she has not spoken about it with her parents, whom she feels may have left Sri Lanka due to it.  Her perspective is reflective of what is common amongst the diaspora youth. Anuthigaa reflects on her experiences with colleagues who discuss the event in emotional terms, internalising it as a personal experience even though this was not the case, something that she is unable to do. Anuthigaa …

Anthonipillai a.k.a Azhagiri

Anthonipillai a.k.a Azhagiri (65 years) Paris, France ‘‘I need to mention here about Manikathasan a PLOTE member who I came to know from the time in Elephant Pass. I am grateful to him that I am here today, speaking…[breaks down] the energy he gave us at a time when we thought we were going to die; his response when I asked him jokingly, ‘what are you going to do with this machchan?’, was, ‘before we die we should be able to hurt our enemy even if it were just a scratch that draws blood’ as he sharpened a rusted nail …