“Life Beyond Survival Social Forms of Coping After the Tsunami in War-affected Eastern Sri Lanka” by Katharina Thurnheer

At the heart of this in-depth ethnographic study lie the daily life situations of tsunami survivors in war-torn, eastern Sri Lanka. Each chapter is built around the empirical themes derived from the stories and recollections of Tamil women and their families during their stay in relief camps, anticipating relocation. The specifics of the socio-cultural context are firmly embedded in the discussions. Ten years after the tsunami, this publication offers a timely contribution to a better understanding of what it means to cope with the combined effects of disaster, war, and international aid in this matri-focal region of the island.

via: http://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-2601-8/life-beyond-survival


“2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: how Aceh recovered, and Sri Lanka declined” by Damien Kingsbury

The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that left almost a quarter of a million people dead and led to the world’s largest emergency aid program had a profound impact on two wars being fought in the region.

In Aceh, Indonesia, it contributed to the end of three decades of bloody conflict; in Sri Lanka, the tsunami ultimately led to the deaths of tens of thousands.

via: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/29/2004-indian-ocean-tsunami-how-aceh-recovered-and-sri-lanka-declined

“How the People of Sri Lanka United Briefly to Help Each Other After the Tsunami 10 years Ago” by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

“Ten years ago on December 26th 2004 a series of giant Tsunami waves engulfed the coasts and littoral areas in different parts of Sri Lanka. It was a terrible tragedy that resulted in tremendous loss of human life,limb and property.Until the destructive waves rolled over our shores on that fateful day most Sri Lankans were unaware of the Japanese word Tsunami. Today it has entered the vocabulary of the Sri Lankan people in everyday life.”

via: http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/36352

“The tsunami: 10 years on” by Groundviews

Groundviews commissioned The Picture Press to capture through photography the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka on Boxing Day, 2004. As journalist Amantha Perera notes,

The tsunami took a dramatic toll on unsuspecting Sri Lankans – 35,322 were killed, half a million were displaced, and more than 100,000 houses were destroyed. Half of the damage struck areas had been hard-hit by a 21-year armed conflict, making access complex and politically charged. The country was left with a reconstruction bill of over US$3 billion and an unprecedented humanitarian challenge.

The 2004 tsunami keeps coming up as a key turning point in Sri Lanka and TPP was asked to interrogate to what extent it really influenced how ​the country deals with hazard warning and disaster risk recovery. Echoing more academic writing on ‘building back better’ TPP was also asked to look at how, and to what degree, we had recovered and learnt lessons from the 2004​ tsunami, going to the field and speaking with a range of individuals.

The first dozen photos from this project are published today. Another set will follow in the first quarter of 2015.

Best viewed in full screen, click here for more details or here to go directly to the feature. 

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source: Groundviews

“Mahinda Rajapaksa Who Stole 83 Million Rupees Of Tsunami Funds Is A Callous Thief: Mangala” by Colombo Telegraph

“I am very sad to say, that this politician is a callous thief. He stole 83 million rupees of Tsunami relief funds and used them for his personal gain.
The former Chief Justice has publicly apologized saying that the Helping Hambantota judgement, which he presided over and which protected that thief from conviction and ultimately jail, was the biggest mistake in his entire life. What right does this man have to speak of the people’s development and the country’s development? His achievements and energy over the last nine years have been spent only on own his family’s development and enrichment.”

via: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahinda-rajapaksa-who-stole-83-million-rupees-of-tsunami-funds-is-a-callous-thief-mangala/

“Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers” by Gayatri Suroyo

“Survivors of Asia’s 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region.

When a 9.15-magnitude quake opened a fault line deep beneath the ocean on Dec. 26 a decade ago, it triggered a wave as high as 17.4 meters (57 feet) which crashed ashore in more than a dozen countries, wiping some communities off the map in seconds.

Memorials were held in the worst-affected countries – India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia – where monks, imams and priests held ceremonies to honor those who perished.”

via: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/26/us-tsunami-anniversary-idUSKBN0K30PR20141226

“Remembering the tsunami, 10 years on” by Tamil Guardian

“Ten years ago today, over 35,000 people perished during the catastrophic tsunami that hit the coasts of the North-East and South of the island of Sri Lanka. The United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said five days after the disaster that almost two thirds of those killed were in the Tamil homeland of the North-East. “The North-East is the region worst affected by the tsunami,” the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) said in a joint report.”

via: http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=13250

“Indian Ocean tsunami: Britons caught up in disaster help Sri Lanka rebuild” by Mark Tran

“For years, Rob and Paul Forkan were reluctant to set foot in Sri Lanka where their parents, Kevin and Sandra, died in the Indian Ocean tsunami 10 years ago – one of the world’s worst natural disasters on record.

The brothers, then 17 and 15 respectively, were spending Christmas with their family in Weligama, a small fishing town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. On that Sunday morning, the family woke up to screams and huge waves crashing through their hotel rooms. The parents struggled against the rush of water to put the two youngest children, Mattie and Rosie, up on the roof.”

via: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/26/indian-ocean-tsunami-britons-sri-lanka-rebuild

“Sri Lanka: From ‘Pandemonium’ to Constant Alert” by United Nations Development Programme

No one was aware and no one was prepared when the first waves of the tsunami struck Sri Lanka’s east coast at 6:40 a.m. on 26 December 2004. The tsunami was not done. It was still roaring and thought it would be much later before it thundered across Sri Lanka’s western coast, even then, no warning message was sent out. As a result, more than 35,000 people lost their lives.

via: http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/ourwork/crisispreventionandrecovery/tsunami-10/SrLanka-Alert/

“Lessons Learned from the Sri Lanka’s Tsunami Reconstruction” by The World Bank

On the morning of December 26, 2004, a 30 meter high wave struck 1000 kilometers of Sri Lankan coastline without warning, devastating hundreds of thousands of lives and livelihoods. The tsunami, which was the most devastating natural disaster in Sri Lanka’s history, resulted in losses of over $1 billion in assets and $330 million in potential output, according to government estimates. Approximately 35,000 people died or went missing. The damage included 110,000 houses, of which 70,000 were completely destroyed. Around 250,000 families lost their means of support.

via: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/12/23/lessons-learned-sri-lanka-tsunami-reconstruction

“Out of tragedy, fortune for Sri Lankan tsunami village” by Shihar Aneez

As towering waves came crashing into the southern coast of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, Kushil Gunasekera gathered up his children and they ran for their lives to a nearby temple, the highest point they could find.

via: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/24/us-tsunami-anniversary-srilanka-idUSKBN0K219J20141224

“A decade later, remembering a Sri Lanka town wiped away by tsunami” by Paula Hancocks

And yet in the midst of the misery I witnessed in Sri Lanka was incredible generosity. Residents who had lost everything, who had seen horror beyond imagination, running up to us to offer a face mask to help cope with the unmistakeable stench of death, trying to give us a bottle of water.

via: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/24/world/asia/remembering-sri-lanka-tsunami/

“Sri Lanka: From ‘Pandemonium’ to Constant Alert” by UNDP

No one was aware and no one was prepared when the first waves of the tsunami struck Sri Lanka’s east coast at 6:40 a.m. on 26 December 2004. The tsunami was not done. It was still roaring and thought it would be much later before it thundered across Sri Lanka’s western coast, even then, no warning message was sent out. As a result, more than 35,000 people lost their lives.

via: http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/ourwork/crisispreventionandrecovery/tsunami-10/SrLanka-Alert/

“Rebuilding Sri Lanka after the flood” by Alistair Dutton

“When I arrived in Sri Lanka in 2004 I saw the total destruction caused by the Boxing Day tsunami. Houses and trees had been ripped out of the ground along the eastern coast, with bodies and belongings strewn among the debris. Over 30,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka alone, not to mention India, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.”

via: http://www.scotsman.com/news/rebuilding-sri-lanka-after-the-flood-1-3636327

“Face à la vague : Une autre histoire du tsunami”, réalisé par Helmut Voitl & Elisabeth Guggenberger sur Arté

Ce documentaire (52 min) réalisé par Helmut Voitl & Elisabeth Guggenberger a été diffusé par Arté le vendredi 12 décembre à 23h25.

il est encore visible sur le site Arte + jusqu’au 17 décembre à travers ce lien



Résumé :

Les réalisateurs Elisabeth Guggenberger et Helmut Voitl sont en vacances au Sri Lanka en décembre 2004, lorsque le tsunami s’abat sur l’île. Le bilan est de 38 000 morts et plus de 500 000 sans-abri, en une seule nuit. Indemnes, tous deux décident de rester pour lancer un projet de reconstruction des maisons sinistrées : vingt familles bouddhistes et soixante-dix familles musulmanes doivent être relogées. Ils entament un journal filmé des avancées du projet, qui s’avère de plus en inextricable à mesure qu’ils en découvrent les enjeux : les tensions entre les deux communautés religieuses des villages impliqués se révèlent en effet quasi insolubles, compliquant d’autant la tâche des volontaires. Filmé tout au long des deux ans qu’a duré le projet, puis tout récemment, ce documentaire met en évidence la progression au Sri Lanka, depuis le tsunami, d’un bouddhisme radical et violemment antimusulman ; il révèle aussi les écueils que peuvent rencontrer des Occidentaux qui, malgré leur bonne volonté, n’ont que rarement connaissance de toute la complexité des enjeux locaux.