Years ago we saw the picture of young Balachandran Prabhakaran executed and it was clear that he was, well, executed. It’s somehow more chilling now, seeing him in the moments before his death, having a snack. He was killed shortly thereafter. All of Prabhakaran’s children seem to have been killed. Even this 12 year old. Mahavamsa style familicide was how it was back then, but it shouldn’t be the way it’s done now. Prabhakaran was a terrible man, but feeding and then executing his child is well beyond the pale.
I’ve seen the photo of the dead child before, but the picture just before is much more affecting. He’s just a child eating a snack. He looks like one of my cousins. How awfully sad.