ANBU video launch opens up conversation on childhood sexual abuse

A video series and publication supporting those impacted by childhood sexual abuse (CSA) within the Tamil community was released by Toronto-based non-profit organization Abuse Never Becomes Us (A.N.B.U.). The publication showcases the lived experiences of five individuals that were impacted by CSA. One contributor writes, “What I want is for you to believe me. Believe me when I say something horrible happened to me as a child. I want you to hear how these events have affected me and to take them seriously. I want you to know that my story is not a rare one. So many people in the Tamil...

Ealing Amman festival attracts thousands

Over 10,000 devotees filled the streets of West Ealing as Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Temple (SKTAT) held their annual ther (chariot) festival. Every year the event is attended by members of the Tamil community all over London, as well as from overseas but also attracts many visitors of other cultures and faiths. Three chariots, each holding the deities Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman, Pillayar and Murugan left the temple early in the morning being pulled by eager devotees. The moving chariots were accompanied by pilgrims showing their devotion in many ways: many carried paal kudams (pots of milk)...

Pungudutivu: A Disintegrating Island

A documentary examining how life on an islet in the Tamil North-East has been crumbling in recent decades was screened in London last month, by the Puńgudutīvu Welfare Association (PWA).

A poet's fearless death

Puthuvai Ratnathurai is an Eelam Tamil Revoluntary Poet. He was in charge of the Tamil Eelam Arts and Cultural Guild. Mr Rathnathuai was last seen in the custody of the Sri Lankan military on 18 May 2009 in Mullivaikkal and to date his fate is not known. He has written hundreds of poems. Here we publish just one such poem, originally written in Tamil and translated into English by the late Chelva Kanaganayakam.

American Tamils raise awareness of breast cancer in community

The Tennessee Tamil Sangam held an event last month to raise awareness of breast cancer and highlight the importance of early detection.

London Tamil Market showcases very best of British Tamil business success

The two day exhibition held on 9th and 10th April 2016 included over 150 Tamil businesses and saw thousands of visitors coming through its doors.

Sivakumaran memorial football tournament held in Switzerland

The Tamil Youth Organisaiton (TYO) Switzerland held a football tournament in memory of Ponnuthurai Sivakumaran last month. Ponnuthurai Sivakumaran is widely known and remembered as the first Tamil to die in the liberation struggle.

definition: a statement of the meaning of a word

A poem by Kothai.

Sri Meenakshi Amman temple festival celebrated in Chavakachcheri

Tamils in Chavakachcheri celebrated the Sri Meenakshi Amman temple's annual festival. The statue of the goddess, adorned with a background of doves and the outline of Tamil Eelam, was carried by devotees around the temple.

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