Launch of the New Website | මතකයට ඉඩක්(Memory Map)

‘සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවට තමන් මුහුණ දුන් අත්දැකීම් බෙදාහදාගන්න අවස්තාවන් ඉතාමත් අඩුයි. මේ ව්‍යාපෘතියෙන් බලාපොරොත්තුවෙන්නේ ඒ ඉඩ සළසා දෙන්න. ඉන්පසුව විවිද ක්‍රමවේදයන් ඔස්සේ විවිද මතකයන්/ කතා එකතු කලාට පසුව එය තැන්පත්කරමින් පමණත් නොතබා ඒකෙන් සංවාදයක් ඇති කරන්න විශේෂයෙන් අනාගතයේ ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී තත්ත්වයක් හෝ යුද ගැටුමක් ඇති නොවෙන්න සංවාදයක් ඇති කරන්න තමයි අපි බලාපොරොත්තු වෙන්නේ‘ යැයි අද(28) කොළඹ OZO හෝටලේ පැවති වෙබ් ඩවිය දියත් කිරීමේ උත්සවයේදී එහි ක්‍රියාකාරිනියක් පැවසුවාය.

මේ ඇය දක්වන ලද අදහස්.

About Memory Map

Why is memorialization important to us:

Sri Lanka’s 26-year war ended with a military victory, all but cementing the positions and politics of the victorious and the vanquished. In the aftermath, the triumphalist, single narrative created in the process of nation-building, did not help to truly unify the country or to alleviate feelings of marginalization, grief and loss. Such feelings of alienation, particularly in reaction to not being able to grieve, or access information, or remember or not being able to express one’s needs, or poverty and socio-economic instability may reignite violence and return us to the unaddressed root causes of conflict.

It is within this context, that the importance of remembering, and the urgency of memorialization exists. Personal experiences of war, will be forgotten with the passage of time. They may change according to the needs of the present time. Yet remembering, grieving and sharing one’s experiences are important to the process of healing. If people from all walks of life and across geographic and ethno-religious divides, don’t have the ability to tell their story and be heard, and hear other people’s experiences, they might not understand nor be able to empathise with each other. This will impact the ability to reconcile our differences, build peace in future and move towards justice.

Organic, grassroots processes of community memorialisation is vital to the process of ensuing the acceptance that multiple narratives exist and must co-exist for long-term perception of justice and equality. Incomplete histories therefore, impact the process of reconciliation, reparations and justice. The loss of memory and the space to remember, inhibits participation in democracy and politics –in other words, missing narratives means ‘missing people’ or non-representation in the processes of seeking justice and reparation. Not letting people express their own stories in their own words, and document those for posterity, means that others – such as politicians – will be able to manipulate fluid, undocumented narratives and speak on behalf of others, pursuing their own agendas. In addition, erasing memory affects the expression of identity and the feeling of being ‘Sri Lankan’ which affects future peace and non-recurrence of violence. The way people share and educate the next generation on our shared history as well as our violent past, will impact how future generations will make decisions about how they vote, who they select as leaders and how they understand/fight for justice. An understanding of ‘why’ Sri Lanka had a violent conflict, and the painful experiences of that past, shared by those who have experienced it might help future generations avoid the mistakes of our past to prevent a recurrence of conflict.

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