I am rarely political in my writing, or my life. As a Sri Lankan who has been exposed to many cultures and many different types of governing I do not believe in Sri Lankan politics. No matter the colour, party or campaign message, people will suffer, politicians will prosper. That is the sad truth in this country.
A few weeks back I felt fear to live in this country for the first time. Seeing how people were allowed to hate a minority for the last 5 years was uncomfortable, the violence, more uncomfortable. The war which had ended seemed to have started again just with a different colour. But I believed it was behind us, and that perhaps we could move on from it. As always, you should never trust Sri Lankan politics.
Now I sit wondering what is going to happen to my family. As a young girl when I got threats on being a Muslim, being married to a Muslim, I was brave, I thought of what our Prophet (SAW) had to go through and wanted to face it head first. Now as a mother of two, I simply want to protect my children. It isn’t fair for them to have to be subjected to such hate simply because of my choices.
Right now everything is up in the air, and it’s like everyone is holding their breath to see what is going to become of our “democratic” country. I am also waiting, with fear that this beautiful country I love so much, may become a place where me and my family can not live peacefully.
I can not begin to explain what a helpless feeling it is…