By Donald Chandraratna


As an Australian Sri Lankan I have followed the triumph over terrorism with mixed feelings. It was a delight to see the end of terror but the unre- mitting onslaught on the sovereignty of this country by both internal and external forces is a consternation. On my frequent visits to the country, taking time away from the University for both work and pleasure, I have mentally endured the fear and anxiety of life in Colombo. Working on as- signments for UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Welfare in Sri Lanka I witnessed the plumes of smoke from my office window in times of trouble. My fear as an outsider is minor compared to the agonizing suspense of my friends and relatives who were bringing up young children in that time.