Sri Lanka: People of Hambantota suffering from hunger; Help Far-Fetched, China stops Approachment towards Port
Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port, being built by Chinese investment, is at the receiving end of the brutal Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka: A highway runs towards the capital Colombo on one side and the Hambantota port connecting the world to Sri Lanka on the other. Greenery spread all around, clean roads, power lines, and pucca houses. At first sight, this village seems to be progressing on the path of prosperity and progress. But, after spending some time here, it becomes known that it is stuck in plight. Neither does the bus come towards this village from the highway, nor do people get employment from Hambantota Port.
The devastating tsunami of 2004 devastated this area of the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The Taiwanese government had established a village named Xu Chi here for resettlement. Local people live here who are mostly Muslims. It is the last village in Sri Lanka on the southern coast.
There is no business or employment here. People were living their lives like this. The current economic crisis in Sri Lanka has created a very difficult situation for the people here.
As soon as we enter the village we see Timusamma. About 70 years old Timusamma is selling kachoris outside the village. His daughter made them by filling vegetables and fish. No other member of the household has any work. Hambantota Port, being built by Chinese investment, is about five kilometers away from here. This port and a large area around it are under the control of China. Nearby people are not allowed here.