The celebration commenced with the arrival of the two survivor families amidst a big applause and the child survivors welcoming them. The traditional oil lamp created as a Transmission Pole symbolizing the ministry of the Human Rights Office was lighted up by the two survivor families, Bishop Vianney Fernando and Fr. Nandana Manatunga.
The Human rights office being sensitive to the arising needs of reconnecting family bonds of the survivor families after trauma, trained 5 married couples during the course of the year as bare-foot counselors to visit survivor’s families in their contextual situation. The certificates of the course attendance were given away by His Lordship Bishop Vianney Fernando and Fr. Nandana Mantunga.
Then all participants took time to greet, encourage each family member of the two survivor groups for their unfailing courage and for continuing the struggle to get justice.