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Roy Ratnavel: Understanding Sri Lanka’s Tamils

May 6, 2009

National Post – Roy Ratnavel: Understanding Sri Lanka’s Tamils

July 23, 1983, is a day of infamy — a 9/11 if you will — for Sri Lanka’s Tamils. The day marks the Sri Lankan government’s orchestrated mass killing of over 3,000 members of the country’s minority Tamil ethnic group. Tamil homes and businesses were destroyed, and almost one million Tamils went into exile — many in Canada. After witnessing the horrible riot, my father hardly ever spoke about it, but when he did, I listened. He used to say, “When you are engulfed in racial hate, you lose half your IQ.”

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