Category Archives: Diary

Counting the Bones at Mullaitivu

The final battle of the civil war took place on the North Eastern beach of Mullaittivu. The Sri Lankan army and LTTE moved in this direction over the first few months of 2009, following the fall of Killinochi. With them … Continue reading

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Mannar

The land between Jaffna and Mannar is beautiful and lush this time of year, after the rains. There is a checkpoint on the road to Vavuniya which requires foreign passport holders to get off of the bus and have their … Continue reading

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Jaffna

With just a small, bustling centre, the historic city of Jaffna feels hot, hazy and holy with stunning Hindu temples and calm waterways. Men, women and children are on bicycles due to wide, flat roads and as a legacy from … Continue reading

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Colombo

The face of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is ever present in Colombo, as in the rest of Sri Lanka – staring down from posters on what feels like every dusty street corner; a reminder that his government and military are in … Continue reading

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Words, ideas & images 29 September – 2 October

This weekend Tottenham is hosting a Palestine Literature festival featuring writers, film makers, rappers, photographers and story tellers. Participants include Brian Keenan, Peter Kosminsky (Director of The Promise), Tim Llewellyn and Anna Perera. It looks excellent and it is free. You can view a … Continue reading

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Learning about hospitality

I have referenced Palestinian hospitality a few times in this blog. But the truth is that, like many things here, I have played it down as I worry that it sounds unbelievable. Most family visits result in being fed an … Continue reading

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Back at Qalandia for NAKSA

We hitched from Nablus yesterday morning to Qalandia checkpoint which separates Ramallah from East Jerusalem, the internationally recognised capital of a future Palestinian state. Palestinians from Ramallah and the surrounding villages planned to march to the wall here to demand … Continue reading

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Home to find your roof gone

Last night three of us travelled to the edge of Hebron after receiving a call from a farmer who wanted us to sit with him and his friend in an attempt to guard against settlers stealing his roof again. Mohammed’s … Continue reading

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The school run in Hebron

I have moved to Hebron for a week to monitor the school runs and checkpoints.   Hebron is split into two zones and the ISM apartment is in Israeli military controlled H2. This means that we have to show our passports … Continue reading

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Burning trees

I went to the weekly demonstration against the separation wall in Nil’in today. The illegal wall has cut the village off from a third of its land. Soldiers guarded the entrance to the village when I arrived with a fellow … Continue reading

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