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Thilainathan Theeban, 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.