Three exposures were organized to coincide with the program. The first group visited the persons that were displaced due to a landslide in Nicoloya estate in Rattota, Matale District. The issues relating to land, housing,
employment of these displaced persons, which have largely been neglected by the authorities were highlighted by the participants. While this was being discussed, the participants took the opportunity to highlight the problem of land grabbing in various parts of the north and the east of the country. The places referred to included Mullikkulam, where the people despite many a promise by the authorities both secular and religious, continue to live like vagabonds denied of their own land, proper housing or their traditional sources of income.
During the sharing of the experience, Mr. Suren D. Perera an Attorney-at-Law of the Human Rights Office in Kandy was invited to update the participants of the status of the mass grave in Matale. Thanks to the commitment of some dedicated persons, he said investigations are progressing painfully slow with no guarantees of any breakthrough.
Scriptural sharing was on the ‘Ten commandments’ done by Dr. Shirley Wijeshinghe, creating a greater appreciation of God’s intervention in the history of humankind.
The workshop came to an end with the dates for the next meeting being fixed for 03rd to 06th February 2014 in Madhu.