About Written For Reconciliation
People love various things. People love music. Food. Sports. The list goes on. We love a whole lot of things. But what we love the most is words. This love is what brought us all together.
A short history
Written For Reconciliation was not planned and discussed in an air conditioned room, notepads full of scribbles and ideas. No one met at coffee shops to talk about the when and how of WFR. It all started on a Facebook status update. As the number of comments increased, WFR went from being an idea to a reality. We have many people to thank for making WFR what it is today, but we must also thank the organizers and participants ofWrite To Reconcile. First during the Colombo workshop and then during the Jaffna workshop, Vasika and Shailee were given a thousand and one opportunities to bond. Thanks to the nature of the program and the amazing Shyam Selvadurai, we decided to take our writing on reconciliation to another level. Why stop at Write To Reconcile?
A few posts later, the WFR family expanded and Rochelle joined us; Vasika and Rochelle met at CIMA Spellmaster 2011. We were now the triumvirate and the ideas were overflowing. Thanks to Rochelle, we started the Ode to the Sky posts, which allowed many people to contribute to the blog. Photographs, paintings, digital art and of course words. They all made it and the Ode posts even surprised us. We never thought there would be so many.
We started on blogspot and have now moved to WordPress and Tumblr. Our Facebook page is busy with activity.
Many people say they aren’t in it for the fame, or the money. Truth be told, WFR isn’t about the fame or money. There is none. We do not write to be recognized, we write because we love words. We write because we want our simple message to reach people. We write because we want to contribute to the process of reconciliation.
The posts were at first, about the ethnic differences in Sri Lanka. We then moved on to the differences between people that did not always have an ethnic basis. Posts were then made about the conflicts we have within our selves. Reconciliation cannot and should not be limited to one area. And reconciliation isn’t an easy thing, yet, we hope to someday be able to make a difference. All we want is for Sri Lanka to once again be the paradise isle it was.
We also wish to thank the many people who have contributed in various ways. This isn’t enough, we know.
Marc Adamus (http://www.marcadamus.com/)
Himala de Silva (http://www.flickr.com/photos/himaladesilva/ )
ririna-olze ( http://ririna-olze.deviantart.com/ )
We hope all contributors have been mentioned. If any names have been missed out, there’s a simple reason for that. We never expected so many people to help us, in so many ways. Most of all though, we need to thank all our readers, the daily stats leave us pleasantly surprised 🙂