It’s been five years since the civil war in Sri Lanka was declared over, but P. still can’t escape the images of horror even in his sleep: “I dream of fleeing, of being surrounded by the Army, of dead bodies and people suffering. My mind is stuck at the end of the war and I can’t move on.”’s television station in northern Sri Lanka. “Sometimes they’d say, ‘Friend, this video is very shocking but it is not suitable for broadcast in the Western media because it’s too graphic.’ I felt we needed to show the truth of what was happening to us. now estimates that between 40,000 to 70,000 civilians may have died in just six months in a shrinking “safe zone” of 35 square-kilometers or less.
He sent these images to contacts in France, Switzerland, and Canada hoping that the world would pay attention to the atrocities. The images were deemed too gruesome for news audiences. J., who now lives abroad because of security concerns, tells .
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He then goes to the Federal Police and extends his Brazilian tourist visa for 3 months more. At the brutal climax of the civil war, in 2009, he dodged bombs and shells, videoing civilian casualties and then editing the pictures in a series of underground bunkers while constantly under fire.We had a satellite connection and the world could watch our war virtually live. ” There was no BBC or CNN inside the war zone, which is perhaps why Sri Lanka is one of the great untold war stories of this century. From 2008 to 2009, there were more battle-related deaths in northern Sri Lanka than in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Rwanda or Somalia. The World Bank’s population data, based on the Sri Lankan government’s statistics, supports an even higher number of people who went missing after the war.And to be honest, most immigration rules are set based on visa reciprocity (a smart way of saying “America makes it difficult for Brazilians, so we will make it difficult for Americans too!!”) The ugly thing about bureaucracy is that you are not the center of focus, BUT the one beautiful thing about bureaucracy (and especially in Brazil) is finding loopholes.