My father prepared this room for me. We put all the baby’s things here too in preparation. Due to the rush I only took my birth certificate and clinic card. All my medicine had melted when I returned. My child’s schoolbag, books and everything was lost in the fire. We have no way to send him to school. I don’t even have a change of clothes, apart from what I am wearing now.
There were many more stories related to Vikalpa, from residents of Kengalle, Balagolla, Digana, Teldeniya and Ambatenna. These stories were related to Vikalpa and others. To attempt to write them would mean this story would run into thousands of pages. Now, these stories are hidden in time.
The issues highlighted in this story extend beyond Kandy. They may never be solved completely. And yet the way the root of this hatred has been allowed to spread and grow beggars belief. Does the state really not care or understand about this issue?
The Central Province Chief Minister, Sarath Ekanayake's residence is around 100 metres away from these people’s homes. Security guards and cameras keep watch outside. But as the residents of this area noted with great sadness, the Minister did not come and speak to these residents, even after the incident, nor did he arrange for them to meet with him.
It is unclear whether these stories will have any impact on people such as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who drove to Digana, spent just 5 minutes and returned in his VIP vehicle with black tinted glass, or the President, who did not even take the trouble to do this but visited the heads of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters instead. This chapter will be closed after paying compensation to these affected people from taxpayer's money, with the violence dismissed as that from an unruly mob.
One of the author's Muslim friends, who traveled with Vikalpa for this story, related something incredible. It happened when the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came to the Digana church. This friend was recording video and had overheard the Prime Minister say, "What is that person doing with a piece of chocolate in his hand?" In fact, it was a GoPro that the friend was using to record.