Thank you, Batticaloa. I will miss you.
It hasn't always been easy. At times it was excruciating. However, Batticaloa, especially its Christian community, has been a great example for us. There was pain, yes, but I rarely saw hatred, anger, or bitterness.
We keep saying "hatred cannot overcome hatred," but Batticaloa is leading us the way, showing us how to overcome hatred with love.
If Batticaloa, one of the affected places and probably the place that received the least amount of attention, can be like this, why can't us, the normal people?
I've always criticised religious organisations when I felt they were wrong, hence it would be appropriate — in fact, a necessity — that I applaud the Zion Church community. They're doing an amazing job and they should be supported.
Batticaloa has always been a beautiful place, but it's showing us now that it has beautiful people too.
I don't normally do this, but I'm so touched by the Batticaloa Christian community that I want to do this:
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
- 1 John 4:8
The picture: This is probably the most haunting picture that I took during my visit there. These are the marks of injured people trying to escape the fire caused by the attack, but needed the nearby wall to support themselves.
It appears like a normal picture, however, when you think about the struggles they faced and the pain they felt, it will haunt you. This picture has been in my mind for the last couple of days.
I have been sharing depressing/sad pictures and quotes for a while. I just wanted to share this beautiful picture because I needed some positivity.
This is the view from East Lagoon Hotel, #batticaloa. Given the cloudy weather, we weren't lucky enough to witness the sunset. But this was still beautiful.
The calmness and the peace evident in this picture are what the country needs.