Healing through harmonies in post-conflict Sri Lanka

One project is helping to reconcile divided communities through children and music

Founder of, Music Project Sri Lanka, Shalini Wickramasuriya, explains the background behind the project which aims to unite Tamil and Sinhalese children through music. Video: Paul Loughran / Near TV

Indhumadhi sits on a small wooden stool proudly displaying a photograph of her son pictured in his school orchestra. Beside her, at her home in Mullaitivu in northern Sri Lanka, a pair of crutches are propped up against a decaying brick wall.

Indhumadhi, who is Tamil, lost her leg in a bomb blast during the 25-year Sri Lankan civil war between the government and the militant Tamil Tigers. After her husband died a few years ago following a sudden illness, she was left to raise two children while struggling to cope with the pain she suffers as a result of her injury.

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