In November, I had my first military encounter in Jaffna. Not what you think. Not a skirmish. The war here, in Sri Lanka, was over. But you could say it was an encounter with the war within: guilt, which I am beginning to see riddles everything. I was asked to take Father Perera and his friend, Patr…
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