Me on being Sri Lankan, in Horton Plains.
I am Sri Lankan. I was born in Canada, grew up in America but I like it here, I’m generally accepted and people seem OK having me around. I, perhaps more than most, am not my race, I am simply Sri Lankan. I know that the dominant government identity seems to be Sinhala Buddhist or whatever, but they don’t define me or the country. I define myself, and I am Sri Lankan.
Jerry on being a Sri Lankan, and not a facist
I am not the government. I am not my race. I am not the war. I’m just me. #IamSL.
Raisa on how she’s completely mixed, and Sri Lankan
This is actually a big thing for a lot of people to say. The country has been defined, internally and externally, based on race and the war made those divisions worse. That division, however, is not Sri Lanka. To a large extent, Sri Lanka is still young and it is what we make it. I think we can make it better.
Halik on how he’s Muslim, and Sri Lankan
There is room for a multi-ethnic society here. In Colombo and especially among my friends, we already have it. Personally, I’m 28 and I’m tired of me and my country being defined by war and ethnicity. I just want a better life for myself and the people around me. I want equality for everybody – every race, caste, gender, language, whatever.
Roel on being everything but Sinhala, and Sri Lankan
I think there are problems in Sri Lanka, but they’re not between us. That division is what keeps us from solving our problems. Our issues are Sri Lankan, and they are shared. Everything from discrimination against Tamils to discrimination against women is a problem that affects all of us, because we’re all in it together.
Young Viyaan on being Sri Lankan… and an Englishman
So that’s me. Here are some of my friends. We’re all different, but we’re all Sri Lankan. Are you?
Akila on being diaspora Sri Lankan, and UK at checkpoints
Himal on being… human
So, what’s the point of all this? Basically to show people that Sri Lanka isn’t all war and ethnic conflict. There’s a huge diversity of people here, we have more in common than we have apart, and we can and will reconcile even if the government drags its feet. To quote Kumar Sangakkara again (and again),
“I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.”