AMBALAVANER SIVANANDAN

Ambalavaner Sivanandan left Ceylon in 1958, then aged 35, shocked by the violence of the ’58 riots in Colombo. Months later, he arrived in London and ‘walked straight into the Notting Hill Gate riots.’

PEARL THEVANAYAGAM

Pearl Thevanayagam came to England at the age of 21 to study English literature in 1976. She returned home in 1981 after the death of her father and embarked on a successful career in war reporting.

ANONYMOUS MALE (BATTICALOA)

Anonymous (Batticaloa) was born in Batticaloa, Eastern Province in 1965. By his early teens, Batticaloa had begun to feel the effects of conflict after the 1977 riots. When he reached university age in 1983, his father abruptly sent him to India for studies.

AMBICA SELVARAJ

Ambica Selvaraj was born in a multicultural neighbourhood in Colombo in April 1951. Though she spoke Tamil at home and in school, she spent most of her childhood in
the company of Sinhalese and
English-speaking children,
unaware of the issues that would become so salient later on.