One Coast, One People; The Tsunami Story

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

A multimedia exhibition, commemorating the Tsunami titled “One Coast, One People: The Tsunami Story” was launched on the 06th of May 2006 at the Galle Face Green. This commemorative exhibition is a joint venture of UNDP, the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Reconstruction and Development Authority, the Foreign Correspondents Association and Sri Lanka Press Institute.

The commemorative exhibition will travel throughout the island through Tsunami devastated areas, as well as the interior of the country, after which it will become a permanent memorial in Colombo as a testament to the trials and triumphs of the Sri Lankan people in the post-tsunami era.

It focuses on the theme of ‘rebuilding the lives’ of the survivors of the Tsunami seen through a compilation of press photographs, television and radio news items, slide presentations and videos. It provides an overarching view of the aftermath of the Tsunami from December 2004 till the present. It is a look back at the journey that we have embarked upon in rebuilding our devastated country and a celebration of the resilience of our

The organizers say that, they are seeking permission from the Speaker of the Parliament to have the exhibition in the Parliamentary complex as well.

The exhibition will travel for two months:

▪ Galle Face Green- May 6th -8th ▪ Kalutara- May 9th -10th ▪ Galle- May 12th -14th ▪ Matara- May 16th – 18th ▪ Hambantota- May 20th – 22nd ▪ Ampara- May 25th – 26th ▪ Mahiyanganaya- May 29th -30th ▪ Batticaloa- June 2nd – 4th ▪ Polonnaruwa- June 7th – 8th ▪ Trincomalee- June 11th -13th ▪ Mullaitivu- June 15th ▪ Kilinochchi- June 16th – 18th; ▪ Jaffna – June 21st – 23 rd ▪ Anuradhapura –June 26th – 27th ▪ Matale – July 2nd – 3rd ▪ Kurunagala – July 5th – 7th ▪ Puttalam – July 9th – 10 th ▪ Negombo – July 12 th – 13 th

A rare collection of photgraphs and video footage by Sri Lankan and foreign journalists are on display

I feel very sad, when I view these pictures” says forty six year old Pragnanadasa Jayasinghe from Weliveriya

It’s a reminder to all

Anurudha Lokuhapuarachchi of Reuters explains about his photographs

The exhibition attracts every passer by on Galle Face Green

The exhibition will travel for two months

There are 149 photographs on display

St Peters Church, Mulliativu

Photo of Asitha Fernando, a nine-year-old Sri Lankan boy, mourning the death of his mother in Koralawella, south of Colombo Sri Lanka

Statue of Lord Buddha, withstood the waves in Southern Sri Lanka

Snack vendor at Exhibition venue

Police Officers viewing the exhibition

Visitors of all ages attend the exhibition

Visitors of all ages attend the exhibition

One Coast, One People; The Tsunami Story

The Exhibition Pavilion at dusk

At dusk at the venue Tsunami Photo Exhibition Venue in Galle Face

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