A 63-year-old woman said she no longer buys meat and fish, but only a few vegetables. With anguish on her face, she said, "I'm angry. The price of every necessities is going up - rice, sugar, milk, chicken, fish. How can people get enough to eat?" Madushanka's family has given up three meals a day and only eats breakfast, lunch and dinner. On a recent Friday, his mother, Sriyani Kankanamge, was grinding coconuts and burning a pot of water over a thin stack of wood. In May, when the gas tanks were about to run out, they tried to wait in line, but it seemed futile, with no chance of success. The ceiling of what had been a gleaming white kitchen was mottled with soot.
The electric stove I bought a few years ago has old picture restoration already been sold. Miyani has glaucoma in his left eye. According to the doctor's order, she should order eye drops twice a day, but she only orders it once because the price of eye drops has doubled. "It was the hardest time of my life," she recalls. Just a few months ago, she was regularly cooking extra meals for neighbors. The family's radio and television have been off for several weeks. The scooter is parked outside, covered. They hardly use it anymore, preferring to walk or take the bus than to queue for fuel. During power outages of up to three hours a day, Madushanka sometimes walks to the main protest site near the presidential palace.
Like many Sri Lankans, he felt that the only way out was to leave the country. He said, “I have a simple dream — to build a house, buy a car, work full-time for a week, and occasionally go on vacation. I want to get married and have a family. But I am afraid that this dream will be shattered, at least not in this country. possible again.” © 2022 Deutsche Welle Copyright Notice: All contents of this article are protected by copyright law and may not be used without the special authorization of Deutsche Welle. Any misconduct will result in recovery and criminal prosecution. 1 2 » Read the full text Don't want to paginate? Try our new service you may also like Sri Lankans broke into the presidential palace and shouted "Never oppress the people".