Today, after 24 years, trains have started running to Jaffna, linking Colombo and the northern city. There are plenty of jubilant photos of President Rajapaksa aboard the brand new shiny “Yal Devi” train. It was time for me to dig my archives for photos I took on1 Sep. 2009.
Take a minute to pause and look at the station then, soon after the conflict ended.
The front entrance, Jaffna Railway Station. 1 Sep 2009. Photo copyright Chulie de Silva.
Photo copyright Chulie de Silva.
Ana Lakshmi, a destitute, wandered ainlessly around the ruined railway station. 1 September 2009.Photo copyright Chulie de Silva.
The platform side of the railway station. Photo copyright Chulie de Silva.
The deserted platform. 1 Sep. 2009. Photo copyright Chulie de Silva.
There was an unmistakable forlorn air about the place with a few travellers waiting for buses. Photo copyright Chulie de Silva.
Today, we have come along way. In my mind I am there, celebrating the opening of this railway station. Wonder where Ana Lakshmi is now?