14, used to like mathematics, cricket and movies and
enjoyed school, but the tsunami changed all that overnight.
It killed his mother and a younger brother, destroyed
their house and wrecked their father’s fishing
boat. They now live in a temporary shelter in Karaithivu
, in Ampara district in eastern Sri Lanka. With his
father yet to pick up his shattered livelihood, Theeban
decided to stop schooling - now works as an apprentice
at a tractor repair garage owned by a family friend.
Their grandmother is struggling to take care of Theeban
and two surviving younger brothers, but life at the
camp is hard. The father and grandmother are both concerned
that this is no place for children to grow up.