Just before Mirihana happened, a friend and I were talking about his business. He depended solely on importing goods, which kept his business running, but unfortunately, due to heavy heavy costs he would need to bear with the dollar rate skyrocketing, he had been compelled to shut down. I didn’t know what to say, what do you say to someone who just lost something they had spent their lifetime building. I just told him I hoped he would be able to get back on his feat soon. His reply – “hope is all we have now”. To be honest, at that point I felt so hopeless. So defeated. Sri Lanka would never change, once people got tired of standing on the streets, we would accept this situation and just move on, whoever survived, survived, whoever didn’t, well, that’s just too bad.
But in the two weeks that followed, to see how the Sri Lankan people have stood up, not just for themselves, but for their communities, for strangers, it just has given me more hope in Sri Lanka than I have ever had. So,
I just wanted to say thank you, to anyone and everyone who has done something, whether it is protesting on the streets, or taking care of your communities, your neighbours, thank you for the hope. Hope, that change is possible in even a country as corrupt as Sri Lanka.
Hope, that there is a future for me here, my motherland, my Sri Lanka.