Sad fishermen stories

Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
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Trip End Feb 28, 2010


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Where I stayed
Namal Garden ( Beach) Hotel

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Southern,
Saturday, January 16, 2010

I liked it so much here that I decided to stay on longer. I got to know the fishermen a bit better and they all had stories about the day the tsunami came and they lost their loved ones and their homes. One man found his father in a tree many miles away after 3 days. Another man told me how as a non swimmer he was lucky to find a door which he clung onto for 3 hours whilst it was thrown about by the current. Eventually he was rescued 

They still live in squalor and I wonder where the aid money went that came pouring in from around the world. Perhaps the answer is political. I saw so much hardship and gave bits of money here and there. One fisherman had a hugh hole in his net and I made a contribution towards a new one. I kept getting requests to visit people in their homes, the motive was obvious but understandable.
 
Even though they have little they do not complain but try and get on with their lives. Unlike many of us with more material things many of us never seem to be satisfied with what we have. These people stillretain their sense of humour. As I usually take my food in roadside stalls they are curious about me. When I tell them that I come form England they ask how can that be because I have a dark skin similar to theirs. So I have to explain that my origin is India, followed by a brief spell in Tanzania then the UK. 

Another question is why my wife is not travelling with me. I have to expalin that she is looking after her elderly parents, and that they find very acceptable. Its in their culture  as well     
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