A Memory Map to Support Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

by Search - Sri Lanka

on August 3, 2017

“Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things” – Cicero

In post-war societies, memory and reconciliation go hand in hand.

It is impossible to mend the wounds of the past without reflecting on what caused them in the first place. At the same time, it’s important to ensure that memories, however painful they might be, help survivors heal from trauma and build a unified society.

Our Community Memorialization Project in Sri Lanka serves exactly this purpose. We launched this initiative in 2015, in support of the national reconciliation process. Since then, the project has played an essential role in forging understanding and tolerance among communities.

Now, we are taking this initiative to the next level.

In partnership with The Herstories Project, we launched Memory Map, an archive of 350 stories of individuals and groups who experienced the violence of Sri Lanka’s Civil War.

On the site, you will find handwritten letters, children’s drawings, videos, audio recordings, and photo essays by survivors of the conflict. By preserving these essential testimonies and making them available to the general public, we hope to help create opportunities for dialogue on Sri Lanka’s past and future.

Visit the country page to learn more about our work in Sri Lanka.