Nov 04, 2017

‘Hope’ to promote reconciliation Featured

A photographic exhibition titled ‘Hope’ is currently on display at the Colombo Independence Square with the aim of promoting reconciliation.

This exhibition has been organised by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) and the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Organised under the theme ‘reconciliation means…..’ contestants are given the opportunity to express their perspective on reconciliation, while the winning entries are also on display.

An entry titled ‘expectations after the war’ by Chaminda Kumara from Matara won the first place in this competition.

Promoting reconciliation

According to Chaminda, “The reason for the war was the lack of coexistence between the people of the North and South. Hence we must all unite and commit to bring about coexistence,” he said.

Rashmini de Silva is another amateur photographer who had submitted her entry for this competition.
“It is very significant to have such exhibitions in public spaces for the promotion of reconciliation. Reconciliation cannot be ensured through political decisions but it must come from within the people from ground level,” she added.