The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sri Lanka

We taught our mothers class today.  This always signals the end of the week.  Tomorrow we have students checking out, apartments being inspected and a busy day ahead.  This is our last class to teach for two weeks.  I will say that we are ready for a little break from teaching.  We are going to have a crazy couple of weeks ahead.

We came home after doing some shopping and picking up dry cleaning.  Elder Anthony has been in so much pain again with his back that he needed to lay down.  I cleaned the condo.  This evening we went to Columbia Heights.  Gavin a young man that joined the church a year and a half ago is from Sri Lanka.  He made a Sri Lankan dinner which was a chicken dish with curry and he with two other young people taught us about their country and the conflicts that are trying to be resolved. But it has been scarred by a long and bitter civil war arising out of ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the Tamil minority in the northeast.
After more than 25 years of violence the conflict ended in May 2009, when government forces seized the last area controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels. But recriminations over abuses by both sides continue.
The island fell under Portuguese and Dutch influence after the 16th century. It gained independence in 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule.
They have a long way to go to unite this country.  They also have a huge elephant population.  The elephants just roam free.  It was an interesting evening.  Gavin invited us personally so we really didn't want to disappoint him.  

1 comment:

  1. That's neat that you were given the opportunity to learn more about Gavin and his background. It would be so cool to see elephants roaming around!