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Revisiting Sri Lanka a Decade Later: Helping Children After Disasters

William Spear | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
William Spear

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 35,000 people in Sri Lanka, injuring more than 21,000. Over 1,000 children were orphaned and more than 7,000 children lost one parent.

The Exceptional Traveler: Are You Sure You Want to Sign Up for That Tour?

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 11.03.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Sri Lanka has absolutely everything a traveler could want. Miles of sugary beaches lined with palm trees, wildlife reserves, ancient ruins that house massive Buddhas, historic colonial towns, a bounty of tropical fruits -- and it's safe.

How Two South Asian Literary Festivals Are Defining the Role of the Writer

Deji Olukotun | Posted 04.02.2012 | Books
Deji Olukotun

Most literary festivals are placid affairs in which writers exchange ideas and autographs and occasionally get tanked. But these two festivals were overshadowed by the political contexts in which they occurred.

In Sri Lanka: Orphans International Continues

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Orphans International Sri Lanka was founded in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami. Now fully trained, the staff are beginning their own program for the children of Unawatuna.

In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics.

Traveling as Press vs. NGO Head: Same Adventure

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Luce

I have flown from Haiti to Peru to Guyana in the Americas, Hong Kong to Indonesia to Sri Lanka in Asia, and Togo to Ghana in Africa.

In Sri Lanka: On the Streets of Colombo

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Since the defeat of the revolutionary Tamil Tigers, the streets of Columbo, the capital of Sri Lanka, are alive with euphoria.

2,870 Mayors for Peace: Does Yours Belong?

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

It is possible to disarm all nuclear weaponry by 2020. It is do-able. For the sake of our orphans, for the sake of your own families' children, let us commit ourselves to believing this.