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Amnesty International announces winners of Silenced Shadows poetry competition | 16-May-16

In October 2015, Amnesty invited Sri Lankans, within the country and the diaspora, to take part in a poetry competition to mark the tens of thousands disappearances the country has experienced over the decades. This includes enforced disappearances by the state as well as abductions by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and other paramilitary groups.

The competition, Silenced Shadows, was launched on Sri Lanka's Day of the Disappeared. The UN ranks Sri Lanka as the country with the second highest number of enforced disappearances in the world.

Below are the five winning writers of the best poems in each language. Amnesty International will publish a tri-lingual book in the autumn of 2016. Each poem will be presented in its original language and translated into the other two languages.

Winners of Silenced Shadows: English
1. Malathi de Alwis
2. Radhia Rameez
3. Basil Fernando
4. Shash Trevett
5. Hasitha Wickremasinghe

Winners of Silenced Shadows: Sinhala
1. S. Dhanushka Madushanka keerthirathna
2. Punya Samarakoon
3. Jayani Abeysekara
4. Noran Yasislal
5. Lalith Manage

Winners of Silenced Shadows: Tamil

1. Raheema Faizal
2. Daya Thevi
3. Keshayinie Edmund
4. Joseph Daniel
5. Theban Sivapalan

Read the winning poems on the Amnesty International website


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