Imagine a situation a hardcore Al Qaeda terrorist allowed to live a normal life in the U.S. after a quick rehabilitation. Even Jim McDonald, the head of Amnesty in the U.S. would rebuke such move, calling it a grave threat to the society.
How about a rehabilitated Hamas suicide bomber allowed play for an Israeli national football team? One would say “not in this world”. Existing prejudices do not permit such imaginations.
In Sri Lanka such imaginations are not only possible but also made a reality. Sri Lanka has become the first country in the world to rehabilitate terrorists.
Look at the pictures below. Once they were members of the ruthless terrorist outfit that invented the art of suicide bombing to the world. Today they are made guilt free through the rehabilitation process enabling them to change.
Oct. 31, 2011 photo, Marry Anita, left, and Malarvili Paramalingam, former Tamil Tiger rebel combatants, train with other members of Sri Lanka’s disabled volleyball team in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Three former Tamil Tiger rebel women combatants are set to represent Sri Lanka at the Asian Sitting Volleyball Open Championship scheduled to be held in Beijing later this month. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Malarvili Paramalingam, center in blue, a former Tamil Tiger rebel combatant, trains with other members of Sri Lanka’s disabled volleyball team in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s former Tamil Tiger combatants, in yellow play with other prison inmates during a friendly soccer match amid heavy rain in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct.24, 2011. Sri Lanka is to free 367 ex-Tamil Tiger rebels, who had undergone rehabilitation and vocational training in military-run rehabilitation centers on Tuesday ahead of Tamil festival Deepavli, a Sri Lankan prison official said.
former Tamil Tiger rebel combatants Marry Anita, fourth right, Malarvili Paramalingam, second left, and Navalogini Navendran, center, share a light moment with other members of Sri Lanka’s disabled volleyball team in Colombo, Sri Lanka.