Chronicles of Melancholy’ – Sneak Preview Launched

  • A poignant collection of true-life stories of victims/survivors of child abuse
  • ‘Stilled Tears – Faded White Garb’, the first story released
  • An island-wide art competition for the book cover titled ‘Me Unhurt Stop Child Abuse’ (නො රිදෙන මන් – ළමා අපයෝජන නවතමු’) launched for children between the age of 16 and 18 years.

26th April 2023, Colombo: Stop Child Cruelty Trust (SCC) with Child Protection Alliance (CPA) launched another historical event to protect and promote the rights of children across Sri Lanka. From 2020 to 2022, seventeen children were physically/sexually abused and murdered, and no person of authority has done anything meaningful to resolve the child protection crisis on the island.  ‘Chronicles of Melancholy’ (නොරිදවිය යුතු රිදෙන කතන්දර) is a collection of true-life stories of victims/survivors of various forms of child abuse to be published in Sinhala, Tamil and English to create awareness of the escalating crisis. The first heartbreaking story, ‘Stilled Tears – Faded White Garb’ (‘නිසල වී ඉකිබිඳුම – මිලින විය සුදු පියුම), was released as an introduction to this masterpiece.

‘Stilled Tears – Faded White Garb’ is the tragic story of a sixteen-year-old Varuni who was subjected to unimaginable mental and verbal abuse by the Principal which, made her end her own life. Speaking about the story, Dr Tush Wickramanayaka, Chairperson of SSC, Co-convener of Child Protection Alliance and Global End Violence Champion, said, “The most unique thing about this book is that it’s authored by young Dinithi Gunathilaka, the winner of the Best Speaker award at the National Inter-school Debate Competition ‘A Generation’s Appeal 2021’. Dinithi was the Captain of the debate team of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya, Colombo 7.”

Dr Wickramanaya added, “Children are …read more

Source:: News Wire