Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Last Words of Lasantha Wickramatunga

Wickramatunga, a Sri Lankan newspaper editor, was assassinated last Thursday. His newspaper was critical of government conduct in the war against the Tamil Tigers. Gunmen had tried to kill Wickramagunga before, and he knew he was a walking dead man. He left a letter to be opened on his death. In it, he names the government as his murderer (even though he'd been a long-time friend to the president)and mourns the loss of democracy and human rights on the island. The text of the letter is at the address below. It's moving and disturbing.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/stevecoll/2009/01/letter-from-the.html

2 comments:

Benedict Smith said...

hard as i let myself feel my priveleged life might be, it's hard to imagine walking around knowing that the barrel of a gun or a bomb is around some corner or street at a coming moment.

Robot Boy said...

'That was a man' is all I can say.