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The island of Sri Lanka has had more than its share of suffering. A civil war raged in the country for decades and on Boxing Day 2004 it was hit by a terrible tsunami. Both disasters caused death and devastation.

Now Sri Lanka is picking up again. After having lasted almost 30 years, the civil war ended in May 2009 with the Tamil Tigers conceding defeat. And many of the areas hit worst by the tsunami have been rebuilt.

But there is still work to be done. Away from the tourist areas the effects of the tsunami are still very visible. And legitimate Tamil grievances and aspirations still need to be dealt with.

But there is hope now, and there is peace.

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This picture is dedicated to all people of Sri Lanka, whom I consider to be among the most polite and friendly on earth. May they have the power to rise above.

This picture was shot on Kallady, near Batticalao, one of the areas affected worst by the 2004 tsunami.

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