Students from a popular private high school in Los Angeles California, motivated by lessons on genocide learnt from their history class, have organized fund-raisers and social awareness campaign to help victims of the alleged genocide in Sri Lanka, said a communique from the students. "We searched videos and read articles of the Sri Lankan people and we felt that it was our duty to help them in any way we could," said the students who also created a video on the details of genocide as part of their information campaign.
The Students engaged with Tamils Against Genocide [TAG] to discuss projects that fell within their immediate interest, a spokesperson for TAG said. Refugee advocacy around the globe to help victims who fled violence, and whose social involvement in the struggle of the Tamil people made them vulnerable to return back to their homeland, interested the students.
TAG said it encouraged the students to do independent research and arm themselves with objective information so that they have the knowledge to answer questions on the "truth" of the alleged genocide as they make their efforts public.
Full text of the note sent by the students, with sensitive information ‘redacted,’ follows:
Video created by students
Hi, our names are Padi Naz, Dorian Aft, Alexia Um, and JoeyBZ. We are from XXXXX High School in Los Angeles. We first got interested in Sri Lanka when asked to focus on a certain Genocide in our History class.
Our passion for helping Sri Lanka was expressed when first reading the information shown on tamilsagainstgenocide.org [TAG]. We searched videos and read articles of the Sri Lankan people and we felt that it was our duty to help them in any way we could. We started to be in contact with a member of TAG, a big supporter of ours, and from there, we slowly started to raise money and bring awareness of the condition of the Sri Lankan people in Los Angeles.
We informed the people of Los Angeles about the hardships Tamils were facing post genocide and how they needed our help. Lastly, we would like to thank TAG for all their support and dedication to feed and nurture all the people in effect of the Genocide in Sri Lanka.
Our group raised awareness in many ways. We went to elementary school classes where we teach students about the genocide that has been under the radar and how they can help.
We have had bake sales and information booths where we sold baked goods and wrist bands and we are on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We have informed around 1000 people and raised around xxxx dollars but this is just the beginning!
Always remember, you can’t hide from genocide, people all over the world need our help.