Through the Eastern Eyes VIII: Saainthamaruthu

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“Photojournalism provokes conversation and though which all good journalism should do. The exhibition provides an excellent teaching opportunity, fostering discussion about how we cover events of our time the need of society while talking about the profession and craft of journalism”~ Michael Parks (April 24, 1940-), American Actor and Singer

The youth of Saainthamaruthu have taken a new turn in their lives today. They have had their maiden photo exhibition in their village. The 12 member Photo Voice team has undergone a professional training in Photo Journalism for one year, which was provided by Terre des hommes. The youth were trained professionally to handle still cameras, light, angles, composition, capture various moments, write caption and make a photo journal.

Five villages from Batticaloa district and five villages from Ampara district were chosen and the youth were trained. The villages are namely Kalkuda, Kaluwankerny, Paalaiyadiththoona, Poonochchimunai and Puthukkudiyiruppu from Batticaloa district Kaaraitheevu, Ninthavur, Oluvil, Periyaneelaavanai and Saainthamruthu from Ampara district.

The photos taken by the youth in Saainthamaruthu were displayed at today’s exhibition. The have highlighted the need to have a proper playground in Saainthamruthu. The photo voice team of Saainthamaruthu has members from Muslim community. Photo Exhibition by the youth from Saainthamaruthu was held on April 28th 2010 at the Al-Jalaal Vidyalayam, which was organized by Terre des homes.

Saainthamaruthu is situated in Ampara district between Kalmunai and Karaitheevu. It has a total population of 26,708 people. There are 13,482 males and 13,226 females currently live in Saainthamaruthu according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are fishermen and some work as day labourers.

Saainthamaruthu Photo Voice Team:

Mohammed Hanifa Mohammed Nisrin, Abdul Ameen Aazeek Ahamed, Ahamed Mohammed Fasmeer, Musthafa Mohammed Rismy,Sain Mohammed Ajmeer, Ibralebbe Mohammed Nazee,Jalildeen Thowfeeka, Abdul Majeed Fathima Farwin, Yoosuf Mousana, Mohammed Ismail Asmiya, Uthumalebbe Fasmiya, Seeni Mohammed Natheera, Mohammed Musthafa Mohammed Najeem, Mohammed Aboobacker Rasmiya.

A banner at the main entrance of the venue

Photo Voice Team in Saainthamaruthu

Map of Saainthamaruthu

Many angles are shown

Stakeholders in Saainthamaruthu

The Photo Voice Team member Ahamed Mohamed Fazmeer is explaining to the viewers

A villager views the exhibition

Model playground which the youth is expecting for their village

Cameras used for the training are displayed at the exhibition

The Photo Voice Team captures the moments

Many viewed the exhibition amidst the prevailing hot weather in the area

The Photo Voice Team is in action
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  1. UM.Nihab says:

    cangratulation. good creation. good team work. i wish all PVT.



  2. Das says:

    I have visited all the eight villages in the sixties in the course of my official duties as a state officer.

    The people appear healthy and contented.But you have not photographed schools medical clinics, & village fairs.Only these will show a good cross section of the population.

  3. T. Komathan says:

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    whery nice daaaaaa
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  4. Sabarullah Khan says:

    Good work. Keep it up. The quality of the work and presentation could be improved through interaction with the people of similar expertice.

  5. Jiffry says:

    I am from Kalmunai. Living in Canada.So proud of this. keep up the good work

    Jiffry Kalasam.Com

  6. Ananda Amarawansa says:


    Thank you very much for your write up and your effort to give this opportunity to these young people, who suffered the most.

  7. Surya says:

    It’s great achievement after all these years with war and destruction. Keep up the good work. We expatriate Sri lankans will support you everyway we can.

  8. Mohammed Hussain says:

    Good Job young’s

    I’m Hussain from K.S.A. Riyadh proud to say this is done by our brothers and sisters keep it up.