July 2, 2022

மூவின மக்களும் ஒன்றாக வாழ்வதோடு, கோயில் திருவிழா நடைபெறும் போது அனைவரும் அங்கு சென்று தரிசிக்கும் ஒரு கிராமம் மொனறாகலை மாவட்டத்தின் பாராவெல பகுதியில் உள்ளது.

தசாப்தங்கள் தாண்டி ஒருதாய் வயிற்றின் பிள்ளைகளை போல அம்மக்கள் வாழ்ந்தாலும், வறுமை எனும் பிடியிலிருந்து மீள முடியாமல் தவிக்கின்றனர்.

எந்த இனமாக, மொழியாக, மதமாக இருந்தாலும், வறுமைக்கு பேதமில்லை என்பதற்கு சாட்சியாக அம்மக்கள் வறுமைக்கோட்டின் கீழ் வாழ்கின்றனர்.

-சாரா பத்திரண

(When we think of line rooms, the first thing that might pop into mind is cramped little houses occupied by more than two or three families, high up in estates, especially where the climate is chilly and refreshing. This story shed light on one particular line room community, but this is located in Parawela in the Monaragala district. 

This community is home to families who come from all three races; Tamil, Sinhala, and Muslims. They live harmoniously amidst common economic issues. Their main livelihood focuses on rubber tapping. The region is rife with rubber trees. Many of the story’s subjects pointed out that no matter what issue they face, they continue to live together in harmony, irrespective of any racial or religious background. 

The story demonstrates some of the hardships they face and point out that poverty is a common problem for all of them. Keeping them on their paces is the village Hindu temple, which to them, is a very influential location and one that is greatly revered. Many of the villagers also explained how the temple brings them all together, especially during festivals and other gatherings, and during such instances, they leave their social statuses at the gates and pray together. There is no room for any discriminatory elements and everyone is equal.– By Sara Pathirana)

Video courtesy: CMIL Rational Minds  

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