most schools reopened in the aftermath of the tsunami
catastrophe, for many students the new term began
with a reliving of the agony and horror. At the Payagala
Bandaranaike Maha Vidyalaya, the students did not
go back to their books but to a religious ceremony
in class to remember their colleagues who had been
taken away by the giant waves. Adding to the grim
scene were the empty chairs and some students who
came in coloured clothes because all their school
uniforms had been washed away.
Pcby Gemunu Wellage.