Featured image courtesy Vikalpa/Ishara Danasekara

“This is the money that my daughter and I collected every day in a till. It used to be on the cabinet. The notes can no longer be found. The coins were caught in the flames and were burned.”

He took the coins one by one and held them in his hands. His breath caught in his chest.

To him, the value in these coins was clearly more than the rupee or two that they were worth.

“We’re not angry with the Sinhala people”, were his last words to me.

Editor’s Note: Vikalpa traveled to Digana and surrounding areas in the aftermath of riots targeting the Muslim community in March. The immersive story below is a translation of Vikalpa’s coverage.

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Untold Stories from Kandy