ANONYMOUS FEMALE (MRS F)

Mrs F, born in 1947, is the fourth in
a family of ten children raised in Valvettithurai, Jaffna District, a town perched on the northernmost tip
of Sri Lanka.

MANGAYARKARASI AMIRTHALINGAM

Mangayarkarasi Amirthalingam was born in Moolai, Vaddukoddai, Jaffna
in 1933. At twelve years old, she enrolled in Ramanathan College – founded by early Tamil political
leader Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan –
to study music.

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.

SELLATHURAI SIVARASA

Sellathurai Sivarasa was born in Inuvil, Jaffna in 1932. He was raised by his mother after his father was bitten by
a snake in his residence.

SINTHUJAN VARATHARAJAH

Sinthujan Varatharajah was born in a refugee camp in Coburg, Germany in 1985. His parents fled Sri Lanka in the early 1980s, and, through a chance meeting with a German couple in the Jaffna hotel where his father worked, chose Germany as their destination.

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.

RS

RS was born in Wallington, London in April 1989. He was raised in a tight-knit Christian family in the London Borough of Sutton, one of the southernmost boroughs of London.