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Oct 5, 2006 - Kalmunai, Sri Lanka

At 6 a.m. the following morning, we set out for Sri Lanka's remote eastern coast. We traveled along dirt tracks and even bumpier roads to reach our final destination, Kalmunai. The only description we had of Kalmunai was from our Guidebook and that was hardly impassioned ... "the only reason tourists might stop in Kalmunai is to change buses on the way between Batticaloa and Ampara"! Kalmunai is a small fishing village that was devastated by the Tsunami in 2004. The waves, over 12 metres high, overwhelmed the town and the fragile houses...

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Mar 12, 2005 - Wreckage in the East

Sri Lankans say that in the days following the tsunami there was no such thing as Sinhalese or Tamil or Muslim. With hundreds of thousands of people forced out of their homes, sanctuary was given in temples of all faiths to people of all faiths, without thinking twice about traditional divides. Through the serious interethnic violence of the 1970s, the corruption and entrenchment of political power in the 1980s, and outright civil war throughout the 1990s, there has been little evidence that Sri Lanka might be place where populations can...

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