By Mark Stephen Meadows
Armed with a map, a bike, an infectious humorousness, and a dim figuring out of Sri Lanka’s warfare, writer, artist, and adventurer Mark Stephen Meadows arrives within the kingdom desiring to have, because it have been, afternoon tea with terrorists. Figuring that step one to fixing an issue is knowing it, he trips north into the battle region, interviewing terrorists, generals, and heroin purchasers alongside the way.
He discovers an island of good looks and abundance flooring down via 3 many years of struggle. As he travels north via Colombo, Kandy, and the broken urban of Jaffna, Meadows provides his riveting tackle the conflict. identified for baby conscription and drawn-out torture tools, he explains, the Tamil Tigers additionally invented suicide bombing and have been the 1st to lace jointly terrorists and financiers into foreign networks of militant uprising.
In Sri Lanka, Meadows discovers a deep view into an historical tradition. alongside the best way, he learns to catch an elephant, weave rope from coconut husks, and solid out devils, and he really has tea with a couple of terrorists. this is often the inspiring tale of his trip and an enlightening meditation at the interconnectedness of globalization, the media, and smooth terrorism.
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