Lives and Works: Jaffna
Whenever the farmers of Vanni were displaced, their hoes or mann vertties always followed them. Even in the hard realities of displacement the famers’ efforts to cultivate never ended. The same hoe that helped the famers to prepare the land and produce food was also used to make bunkers as well as bury bodies during the peak period of the war. But when they reached their final destination- Mullivaikal, the sandy land was not friendly enough to cultivate, nor hospitable to making bunkers. The war ended. When they dug the land to cultivate it the hoes got stuck into the piles of empty bullets, shell covers and even human skeletons. They brought back the smell of the war. Before the war they brought back the smell of the paddy fields.
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