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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Voice of the voiceless.

[b]Voice of the voiceless.[/b]

By Para Kumarasamy

"Peace on earth and good will to all mankind" is the message of this season, when the Christians of the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. On this day, my memories are about two true Christians I met in my life. One is Rev. Fr. Paul Caspersz and the other is Rev. Fr.J.E. Jeyaseelan.

Fr.J.E.Jeyseelan lived like a hermit at the ‘Gnanaprakasar achchiramam’ in Nallur, Jaffna. Fr. Paul Casper’s celebrated his 80th birthday this year. He is the founder of the ‘Satyodaya’ – Dawn of truth - a centre for social research and encounter. It is a multi faith, multi race community near Kandy. The community workers work with families on projects, which enhance their self-sufficiency. Most of these projects were for plantation workers and the villagers nearby.

After the Land reform act of 1972 and 1975 of the Sri Lanka government, the plantation workers had to face enormous difficulties. Satyodaya was drawn to confront these problems of these workers. During the racial riots of 1977, one of the Satyodaya’s resident members was burnt to death in his own house. Following this Fr. Paul Casper’s was drawn more in to the national question of the country and formed the Movement for Inter Racial Justice and Equality (MIRJE).

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