Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka
Can it really be true that the troubles in Sri Lanka are finally over? It's been 26 years... 200,000 displaced; countless thousands of brothers, sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, uncles, friends, lovers, wives and husbands killed, maimed, lost, traumatised or dislocated, and those that are left must wonder 'was it all really worth it'?
Are there lessons the rest of us can learn? Can we not, as a species, put aside our drive to dominate, control and own property to the point of destruction, and live our lives in peace?
Let us now hope that the people of Sri Lanka can put aside differences and embark on rebuilding their beautiful nation. If you have never been to Sri Lanka for a holiday, I urge you to do so, it is a sparking jewel in the Indian Ocean and deserves all the support we can give it. All we need do is put Sri Lanka back on the tourist agenda and the locals will take care of everything else.
The Sea Spray Restaurant, The Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
The Sun House, Galle
Flautist at The Kandalama Hotel