What little the poor have is taken from them

By Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa

Dimuthu Priyashantha Senanayake (16),was on his way back from school when tragedy struck. A grade 10 student of Sri Naga National School in Naula, Dimuthu travelled only three km from his home to school, but on that fateful day he could not make the short return journey to his home safely.

A speeding tipper knocked down the young boy who had just alighted from the bus which was bringing him home. Three other youngsters A M Muthubanda, Sashika Dilrukshi (12) and Samanthika Somasiri (14) were killed in the accident.

A dozen others were also injured in the incident. Another tragic road accident has cut short four innocent lives including those of four young children living in the vicinity of the Dambulla-Matale road. The children were mowed down by a speeding tipper transporting sand as they stood by the roadside after alighting from the bus they had travelled in.

The story of Dimuthu’s is most tragic. Despite being a student, he had to shoulder the responsibility of providing for his family. His father is an invalid while his mother too is not in good health. The eldest in a family of three children, the responsibility of providing for his parents and siblings lay on his shoulders.
At times he would sell bread fruit after school hours to keep home fires burning. Such was the poverty of his family.

He had planned to start a small business venture -breeding ornamental fish. In fact all arrangements had been made to commence the venture when tragedy struck the family. Dimuthu went on his final journey on Saturday leaving his family and friends in inconsolable grief.


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