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“Rice or Freedom”- Second generation of the Somali Land Diaspora and the Eelam Tamil Diaspora:


Experience sharing – Nadarajah Kuruparan

“Rice or Freedom”- Second generation of the Somali Land Diaspora and the Eelam Tamil Diaspora

Fatima Ali Madar who was exiled to Norway as a refugee 27 years ago when she was 13 years old with her parents has established a “Wonder Land” in Somalia land after 27 years.


I had an opportunity to participate in the Young Leadership Seminar and to discuss with those who participated in that seminar held on 15th of April at Oslo in Norway.

Fatima Ali Madar, the native of Samalia land, has also been invited to share her experiences. In fact, the experiences shared by Fatima Ali Madar have been a different experience to us who are in illusive world.



Fatima Ali Madar belonging to a community which scattered all over the world as refugees like us three decades ago, had started thinking of her native country and the children living there with the slogan of “Everything Women”. She wanted the children in Somalia land to enjoy their childhood like she enjoyed it. She established a “Wonder Land” at the cost of 800, 000 Norwegian krone which she had been accumulating in her earnings gradually. Those children who are living under the poverty line are playing free of charge in this “Wonder Land” while 1 dollar is getting from others.

She received the support of Chinese technician to implement this “Wonder Land” project and she had gone to China to buy the goods required for the establishment of “Wonder Land”. Is the second generation of Tamil Diaspora, which is many times stronger than the strength of the Somali Land Diaspora, thinking like this?

Have the Youths, who had been the motivational force in many ways to the three decades long freedom struggle, who was asked to come to the streets with flags and who had come to the streets with flags, ever thought of the children who lost their parents, their childhood, the comforts of being a youth and took the begging bowl in their hands and became the child labors in our war torn homeland? While this question was drilling my mind, I started talking with the Tamil Young Leadership participated in that particular seminar.



Everyone, including the children who were born and grown up in Norway, was very quiet to hear my discussions in Tamil language. When they were asked whether the wanted a translator, they replied that they could understand Tamil very clearly.

Setting Fatima Ali Madar as an example, I asked them willingly to think about the development of the soil where their parents were born and grown up and the future of the children living there. I added that very important stage of their growth of leadership is to share their education, technical knowledge, talents and resources with the children living in our homeland. They were very interested in listening what I was talking to them.

Three Young ambassadors who were already selected and have undergone the training under the “Young Ambassador Project” have given explanations regarding the leadership training, the benefits of participating in it and the way to apply for that.



Mayuran, who is one of them, have undergone to the training in the field of Information Technology for four weeks in America and he is successfully running his own business firm in his 18 years old. I expressed my greetings to him and my willingness as well. I told him that he would be able to prepare small software programs aimed at solving the issues of war affected children. He was listening willingly what I told him.

A group of parents who brought them to this event has been with them for them to assist. Such a group of parents who have social consciousness and the youngsters like this should be emerged throughout the Tamil Diaspora around the world.



The parents, who prepared their children for “Super Singer” and “Manaada Mayilada” programs, and who spent thousands of Franks, Pounds, Dollars, Euros and Krones for the function of staging the performances of their children in “Baratha Dance” which will be abandoned by their children after their married life, should endeavor to create a generation which has social consciousness instead of making them as money making machines or making them in illusive world. They should endeavor to create a generation like this Somali girl who is thinking of the children in her native land even after the 27 years. Through that only, we can protect our land and our people along with our language, culture and norms.

Ideology of answering “freedom” to the question asking “Rice or Freedom” had been prevailing for 60 years. But, the Mullivaikal tragedy and the post war era taught us a lesson that the freedom struggle and the struggle to rice have to travel parallel.

Let we think about this…….


-Nadarajah Kuruparan-



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