“I think this is the most beautiful island I have seen in my whole life”, says Ahmed Naseer, during a short talk on “Stories from the Tsunami”.
I sit on a patterned mat as a breeze blows through the trees and hear a short and powerful tribute to the crucial role played by Minivian Radio in connecting people during and after the tragedy.
Ahmed Naseer explains the ways in which he distracted himself from “the stark reality he was facing”. He parallels his return home to the home-coming of the Chilean miners. “As an exile I am fortunate enough to be given the chance of returning home and continuing with my life. It has been a long and winding road and I am still to feel a sense of arrival”, he says. He also gave a reminder of all that is still left to achieve: “We have a lot of work to do before we can declare ourselves mission accomplished”.
The event falls into silence and music after half an hour, which somehow seem fitting forms to commemorate the tragedy of the tsunami.
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