Two days before Christmas in 1987, at the age of 17, Niromi de Soyza found herself in an ambush as part of a small platoon of militant Tamil Tigers fighting government forces in the bloody civil war that was to engulf Sri Lanka for decades With her was her lifelong friend, Ajanthi, also aged 17 Leaving behind them their shocked middle class families, the teenagers had become part of the Tamil Tigers first female contingent Equipped with little than a rifle and a cyanide capsule, Niromi s group managed to survive on their wits in the jungle, facing not only the perils of war but starvation, illness, and growing internal tensions among the militant Tigers And then events erupted in ways that she could no longer bear.How was it that this well educated, mixed race, middle class girl from a respectable family came to be fighting with the Tamil Tigers Today she lives in Sydney with her husband and children but Niromi de Soyza is not your ordinary woman and this is her compelling story....
|Title||:||Tamil Tigress: My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War|
|Publisher||:||Allen Main edition May 1, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||310 pages|
|File Size||:||793 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Tamil Tigress: My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War Reviews
Event hough I come from a Sri Lankan jaffna Tamil background myself I was not exposed to the things that niromi had to go through because my family chose to live in the south of Sri lanka and later leave the country like many more. However after reading the book I can understand why anyone would want to enlist themselves in an armed group like the LTTE and likewise also would want to leave the group in the end. Violence is not the answer to violence. I think that was the conclusion niromi derived from her experience. And i agree with her. there's still ongoing struggles for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. Not much had improved in terms of equality for the tamils. But I hope that will change in the years ahead.
Well written, easily read and strikes at the heart of most Tamils - no glorifications and flag waving, but an honest account of a singular experience.. Singular?
As a middle class, educated girl like Niromi, I could not help feeling stunned (and a little inadequate!) reading her account of her youth in Sri Lanka - a far cry from my own in the UK, yet occurring at the same time. This is an amazing story - and well written, providing enough information to allow the reader to appreciate the circumstances and reality of the life Niromi faced without getting 'bogged down' in the politics and history of the situation. It is a compelling read.
An insightful look into another life. People aren't so different - I get the feeling this could happen anywhere to anyone.
Its a well written book with a story that is of great importance to me. I was on the other side looking in as a Sinhalese living i the country . Niromis book is well written and she tells the story without taking sides . It gives an insight in to a movement shrouded in secrecy and now gone form the face of the earth (thankfully) . Its also a personal story of a young woman growing up , She does expose the brutality of war and also the brutality of the group she joined . She does mention some of the important characters of the Sri Lankan conflict like Prabakaran and Mahattaya . Mahattaya is actually a Sinhala name and apparently this man got as his nickname when a Sinhala family who he and his group was murdering called him Mahattaya (which closely converts to Sir ) and begged him not to kill the family .
This book was beautfully write and easy to read aa great read for holidays. I didn't want to put it down.