Heshani, 13, excels
in creative writing in which she’d won certificates
and awards -- all of which were washed away, with all
her school books and everything else her family owned.
Their house, in Suduwella in Sri Lanka’s southern
district of Matara, was badly damaged. Now living in
the house of a friend, they are grateful that no family
member was lost to the tsunami. Her father cannot immediately
get back to fishing without his boat and gear. For now,
the family relies on the mother’s income from
spinning coir ropes. Heshani made her first return to
the beach - hesitantly - with our film crew in late
February. It will take a long while for her to come
to terms with the sea.