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 Post subject: Horrendous war that has torn them apart
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:54 am 
The LTTE attack that kept her in bed on Valentine’s day

By Upul Amarasinghe
@ Sunday Leader / 20th February 2000


Chamila did not want to be alone on a hospital bed. But that is just what she did on Valentine’s day - waiting for a lover who could not come to see her because of the duty that war brings on hundreds of young men and women of this country.

It is Valentine’s day and Chamila Sanjeevani, though in love is unable to move as she lies at the national hospital moaning in pain at every turn. "I can picture those in love outside today," she said enviously, but she was alone.

Her boyfriend was at the warfront and Chamila at the national hospital, Colombo and it is the horrendous war that has torn them apart. Exactly one month ago, today, on January 20, Chamila was at Morawewa in Anuradhapura to see her boyfriend passing out’ as an officer of the Sri Lanka Police. The ceremony which was usually held at Horawapatana, however on the suggestion of a senior police officer was held at Morawewa. "I had never seen such a ceremony and it was with great interest that I watched them all - and my boyfriend was among them," she recalled with pride. But though Chamila thought that the blast at the height of the ceremony was a part of the events, it was not. It was an attack by the LTTE. Seven mortar bombs had fallen amidst the crowd of friends, well-wishers and relative of the officers who were passing out. The first response had been one of shock, for the crowd had expected some kind of shooting, which they thought may be customary. It was when they heard the voices shouting "LTTE attack, lie down, cover your ears," that they realised what was happening. Death for five onlookers had been instantaneous and over 50 people were seriously injured. Among them was young Chamila, a teacher at the Bihirisorawua Maha Vidyalaya in Dehiattakandiya. Chamila had felt the blinding pain go up her leg as a large shrapnel lodged itself on her right thigh and went through it. Bleeding heavily and in great pain, Chamila was rushed to the Anuradhapura hospital, from there she was sent to Colombo.

It is Valentine’s day and Chamila is waiting for her boyfriend to come to see her because she is no longer able to go and see him. But be it Valentine day or any other day, her boyfriend cannot come. He is on duty’ - the duty that the war demands. Meanwhile at Vihara Maha Devi park, lovers celebrate Valentine’s day and hotels do it all in style. She joins the many who has to pay for the war, with either their love, loved ones or life itself.


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