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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book - a must read. Outstanding - but wait for the Sri Lankan hate machine to start rubbishing it...
This book is superb. Brilliantly crafted and constructed. A fitting, accurate and beautiful testament to the people - both Tamil and Sinhalese - who have suffered so much, unseen, for so long. I was in Sri Lanka working for an international aid agency 2007-09, and with a colleague, one of those expelled from the Wanni in September 2008, I am working on writing our own...
Published 22 months ago by Paul Davies

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1.0 out of 5 stars One-sided and inaccurate
Harrison capitalizes on her position as a BBC correspondent to write this biased tome full of half-truths and outright fibs in order to demonize a Sri Lankan government that booted her out of the country for illegally exceeding her remit. Yes, ugly things happened at the end of the war that crushed Tamil Tiger terrorism in Sri Lanka. Between 3000 and 7000 'civilians'...
Published 13 months ago by Indopithecus


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book - a must read. Outstanding - but wait for the Sri Lankan hate machine to start rubbishing it..., 14 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka's Hidden War (Kindle Edition)
This book is superb. Brilliantly crafted and constructed. A fitting, accurate and beautiful testament to the people - both Tamil and Sinhalese - who have suffered so much, unseen, for so long. I was in Sri Lanka working for an international aid agency 2007-09, and with a colleague, one of those expelled from the Wanni in September 2008, I am working on writing our own account of those days, and the immediate aftermath. This book is cathartic for me. It starts to relieve, in some small part, the terrible burden of guilt I feel at the inaction of the UN and international aid community of which I was a part. I wrote sitreps in the July of 2008, warning of a 'step change' in the conflict, and of a massive humanitarian catastrophe that was about to unfold. I was stymied by my agency for internal political reasons (they didn't want an influx of 'difficult' relief workers to upset the Sinhalese senior management team, at least one of whom was later revealed as a government spy), and the agency continued to screen out the all too awful reality that continued to unfold. Shameful for an agency committed, in theory at least, to 'humanitarian protection'. They all need to be named and shamed.

The worst part has been not being able to fully explain to people what it was like. And this book does it, brilliantly. Please read it. Please tell others to read. Its too late to help those who died and suffered during this dreadful period, but as the book makes clear, the suffering continues under what can only be described as an Apartheid state that no one, until now, seemed to care about.

Be warned, that as recognition of this book grows, so will the ill-informed and hateful comments, no doubt the reviews that feature with no stars. Ranting, irrational attacks on the author and those who like this book. But that, in its own way, is merely illustrating the central thesis of this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are, 20 Oct 2012
Stalin said that "One death a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic" and I suppose the difficulty for many with getting their head around accounts and histories of genocide and persecution is the sheer scale of the horror. In this balanced, well-written and authoritative book, Frances Harrison has managed to overcome the paradox that Stalin mentioned by documenting survivor testimony in a compelling form from nine survivors of the final months of the conflict.

Each chapter consists of a well written story telling the experience of each survivor and then ends with a couple of pages providing facts and figures on the situation. Thus Frances provides the emotional power and involvement of a short story (but these stories are very real) along with the academic rigour and context of a textbook. Frances' background as a BBC journalist means that she is able to concisely explain the context and nuances of a situation to those not familiar with Sri Lanka.

Frances deftly weaves fact with evocative description taken from interviews with these survivors to uncover the horror of this conflict. The shocking thing about this conflict is that the death toll and the horror of the conflict puts it in the same league as Afghanistan, Iraq or Darfur but few know about it.

It's worth reading and then worth considering why the world kept silent about it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No words to describe!, 21 Jan 2013
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Extremely well written, brings tears to your eyes, it's clear that the writer has a deep understanding of life in many parts of Sri Lanka. The stories narrated are great examples of life from various perspectives, demonstrating the pain, strength, and fear in an unbiased way. The stories reflect upon the wrong doing of multiple sides against each other and towards one another. The stories demonstrate that great acts of kindness between strangers occurred during desperate times. It's hard to believe that these are real people and real stories, it would be great to translate this book into Tamil and Sinhala!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True story, 28 Dec 2012
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Failure of the United nation to safeguard the civilians which lead to the cold blooded killings of innocent Tamil civilians in the island nation.Written by Frances Harrison, a former BBC journalist tells an unbiased shocking information of the fate of innocent civilians.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching, 12 Feb 2013
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An explosive book that rips apart any notion that the country is as peaceful as its holiday brochure pictures of sea, sand and solitude. I lived and worked in Kandy 1992 / 93 when the war was not as prevelant as prior to, or after, those two years and was in Colombo the day that President Premadasa was assassinated, Mayday, 1993.

An excellent piece of writing that rightly condemns the International Community for doing absolutely nothing. For all the talk and rhetoric that has been expounded since the Holocaust, that such events should never happen again - we, as a human race, just never learn.

To read of such horrors, inflicted by both sides, on a people and in a country that I love, will send waves of dispair through any reader who knows of this "serendipitous" island.

How the International Community allowed this to happen is beyond comprehension. How International Governments and Aid Organisations turned away from those in desperate need cannot be understood by mere mortals such as myself.

To see the Country with a Government that is now rife with nepotism has proved to me that any thought of revisiting that land is not going to happen!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book, 3 Feb 2013
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It has been written by someone who is fully aware of the geography of Sri Lanka in particular the Tamil areas and the political knowledge and ambition of the Sri Lankan Govt. and the Tamil Tigers. Moreover the war and its immense atrocities suffered by the local population has been well described by Frances Harrison who is well known BBC Journalist.

I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who is anxious to know about the political struggle of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still counting dead, 20 Jan 2013
Good insight review. Good attempt made to highlight what happened and sad plight of civilians. ..... .... .... .... .... .... .... ..... .... ....
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless FRANCES HARRISON, 23 Jan 2013
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many thanks for the writter, the Srilankan governtment with many other countrys help destroyed massive minority population. other serviving peoples still controled armed forcess. This fearless writer wrote what has happend to the helpless peopels.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read, 9 May 2013
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This review is from: Still Counting the Dead: Survivors of Sri Lanka's Hidden War (Kindle Edition)
The truth about the last months of the rout of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Evidence by the accounts of some of the survivors. The ones brave enough and far enough away from possible reprisals to speak. A very sad tale, and all the sadder that the rest of the world is doing very little about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, written from a neutral standpoint from the perspective ..., 9 Aug 2014
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Amazing , written from a neutral standpoint from the perspective of those who were actually involved and effected. A civil war that effected so many and tore a country apart.
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