Waiting for Nets
I went to find Sujith Nambukara, the fisherman who lost his wife and child during the tsunami and he brought me up to date with his news.
He has completed repair work on a boat that was given to him by Michael's brother, Geoffrey, and has been going out to sea for the first time since the tsunami. He told me that he had a couple of good catches, but is still frustrated because he hasn't received the fishing nets from Geoffrey that he was counting on.
For now, Sujith is able to borrow nets from a friend whose boat is being repaired. Once the repairs are finished, he'll have to return the nets. Geoffrey says the nets have been ordered and he plans to check with the supplier this week to see when they will be delivered.
In addition to returning to work, Sujith reports that he has moved out of the temporary housing camp where he was staying because it was getting overcrowded. He shared a single-room wooden hut with his mother, his father and his brother's family. He has moved in with his sister, who has a house on Weligama's Main Street.
He also organized an almsgiving -- the Buddhist equivalent of a memorial service -- for his wife and family. On the way to his mother-in-law's house, Sujith's three-wheeler (commonly referred to as a tuk-tuk) flipped over and Sujith was tossed out. He slid into the road, and suffered cuts and scratches to his left knee, arm and hand.
-- Sascha Gerbracht
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