By Rohini Mohan

For 3 many years, Sri Lanka's civil warfare tore groups aside. In 2009, the Sri Lankan military ultimately defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce conflict that swept up approximately 300,000 civilians and killed greater than 40,000. greater than 1000000 were displaced via the clash, and the resilient between them nonetheless dared to wish. however the subsequent 5 years replaced everything.

Rohini Mohan's searing account of 3 lives stuck up within the devastation appears to be like past the heroism of wartime survival to bare the creeping violence of the standard. while city-bred Sarva is dragged off the streets by means of nation forces, his middle-aged mom, Indra, searches for him in the course of the labyrinthine Sri Lankan forms. in the meantime, Mugil, a former baby soldier, deserts the Tigers within the thick of battle to guard her family.

Having survived, they fight to reside because the Sri Lankan kingdom maintains to assault minority Tamils and Muslims, frittering away the period of peace. Sarva flees the rustic, wasting his means -- and nearly his lifestyles -- in a bid for asylum. Mugil remains, breaking out of the refugee camp to rebuild her relatives and a standard lifestyles within the village she left as a woman. yet in her tumultuous global, wishes, plans, and folks will be snatched away in a moment.
The Seasons of difficulty is a startling, brutal, but beau­tifully written debut from a prize-winning journal­ist. it's a vintage piece of reportage, 5 years within the making, and a trenchant, compassionate examina­tion of the corrosive impact of clash on a people.

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An identifiable case, from its name (p. 11) , o f a nilitary colony which became a polis with prytanies is Themisonium, Michel 544. 7 On the very peculiar case o f the colony at Magnesia-under-Sipylos, O G IS 229, see now Griffith pp. 154 sq. In the Roman period a place might be allowed to call itself a city as a favour; I know o f no evidence that this is Hellenistic. IO T H E S E L E U C ID S E T T L E M E N T In Asia Minor there are supposed also to have been some Greek civil colonies;1 there is not the material for detecting such forms in the East, and their existence there is not very probable.

M itt. x l > 19^5, P* 3 5 Arr. v , 19, 4 -6 . e. the Persian G u lf (p. 43). These cities may be taken as representative o f those in the East with dynastic names, and all were really Greek; there was a Council and Assem bly at Antioch in Persis, and the Council o f 300 at Seleuceia on the Tigris is explicitly mentioned,4 as is the popular Assem bly;5 there was the usual organisation by tribes, as there was at Seleuceia in Pieria,6*shown b y the mention o f prytanies at Antioch in Persis? 89 A t Seleuceia in Pieria the magistrates formed a board or college o f archontes,9 as was beginning to be the case in old Greek cities; and as the same thing is found at Susa (p.

73, where they are called arrows for hand-bows. But they are heavy. * The five called noXis 'EXArjvls are Ichnae, Nicephorium, Artemita, Chala, Alexandria-Ghazni; among those called ttoA i s only are Apamea at Zeugma, Apamea in Choarene, Rhaga (Europus) in Rhagiane, and Alexandropolis-Kandahar. H ow could Chala be ‘ Greek* and not Rhaga, or Ghazni and not Kandahar? g. Aspendus (A . Wilhelm, Neue Beiträge IV p. 61 ; M. Segre, Aegyptus XIV, 1934, p. 253) and Sparta (Alexander o f Aetolia in Anth, Pal.

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