By Halaliye Karunathilake Edited and
translated by Kamala Silva Illustrated by Saman Kalubowila
King Vijayabahu had great self-confidence. He was never discouraged. His one ambition was to free the country from foreign rule. It was a difficult task and Vijayabahu knew the gravity of it. All this time, more local leaders too were giving him trouble. They took the side of the foreigner. Yet nothing could deter him.