The 14th of August 2006 is remembered as a dark day in Tamil history when the Sri Lankan government ordered an airstrike on an orphanage killing 53 school girls. This callous and ruthless act has gone unpunished, like many other war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan state, and is known as the Sencholai Massacre. This year marks 15 years since this tragic event and to remember the lives lost we organised a silent protest in the Parliament Square Garden with each person sitting down holding a board with one of the girls’ faces and names on along with a backpack.
We opted for this approach to symbolise how these innocent schoolgirls were silenced along with their education, hopes, and dreams are taken away from them. This was a successful way to educate the public too who curiously approached us to find out more about this gruesome event and were deeply shocked and saddened by the ruthlessness of this mass murder. Until we get the justice we will not stop protesting, we will not stop remembering and most importantly we will not give up on the Eelam that these girls lived for.