An island nation located south of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia, Sri Lanka is blessed with abundant nature and a rich cultural heritage. But two years ago, on December 26, 2004, it was ravaged by the tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The country has also been the scene of a prolonged ethnic conflict and has suffered enormous damage as a result.
The photos gathered here are from a December 19?27 exhibition at JICA’s Global Plaza titled “The Path to Peace in Sri Lanka: Abundant Nature and Culture and Dynamic Reconstruction Process.” They are among the 50 works by Sri Lankan photographer Lal Hegoda featured in the exhibition, including photographs depicting JICA volunteer activities and other pieces from the artist’s portfolio. Hegoda’s photos introduce Sri Lanka’s lush nature and culture as well as the tireless efforts of its people to move beyond the devastation wrought by ethnic conflict and the tsunami.
Photos courtesy of Lal Hegoda / JICA