Wake up, wake up
oh Sri Lanka!
On Saturday, April 28th night while the whole of Colombo, excluding myself, was watching our cricket team play against Australia in what we hoped would be a victory for Sri Lanka, its enemies, the LTTE, raided the skies…
I had retired early, being tired and also not an ardent cricket watcher. However before I retired I saw there was a moon in the sky after many nights of rain accompanied by fierce lightning and thunder.
I awoke twice in the night to the sound of explosions and dismissed them happily thinking. 'I’am glad our team is winning.' I mistook gunfire for crackers.
When the lights went out I thought: 'another power failure' and went back to sleep. There was no point in phoning the department who would assure me power would be restored in due time.
I was aware only in the morning that what had taken place the night before was not cricket but an air raid.
- One air craft had dropped a bomb at a fuel dump of the Petroleum Corporation’s oil installations in Kolonnawa.
- Another bomb had fallen on the LPG gas facilities in Muthurajawela triggering off a large fire.
- Colombo Fire Brigade had been busy all night dousing the flames.
- Explosions I had heard had not been fire-crackers but the Sri Lanka Air Force shooting into the sky at the deadly aircraft.
- More firing had occurred in different parts of the city including the outskirts of Ratmalana, Battaramulla and within the main city Colpetty
- The SLAF had been firing from the Katunayake base and the airport had been on alert.
- It is time we, as citizens, woke up to reality. Our thanks to the armed forces not the politicians for securing our lives while we watched cricket or slept as I did.