Tamil Tigress

Tamil Tigress

My Story as A Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War

Book - 2011
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Two days before Christmas in 1987, at the age of 17, Niromi de Soyza found herself in an ambush as part of a small platoon of militant Tamil Tigers fighting government forces in the bloody civil war that was to engulf Sri Lanka for decades. With her was her lifelong friend, Ajanthi, also aged 17. Leaving behind them their shocked middle-class families, the teenagers had become part of the Tamil Tigers' first female contingent. Equipped with little more than a rifle and a cyanide capsule, Niromi's group managed to survive on their wits in the jungle, facing not only the perils of war but starvation, illness, and growing internal tensions among the militant Tigers. And then events erupted in ways that she could no longer bear.

How was it that this well-educated, mixed-race, middle-class girl from a respectable family came to be fighting with the Tamil Tigers? Today she lives in Sydney with her husband and children; but Niromi de Soyza is not your ordinary woman and this is her compelling story.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
ISBN: 9781742375182
Characteristics: 308 p. : ill. (some col.)


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Apr 30, 2017

This autobiography follows a seventeen year old girl from Sri Lanka of Tamil/Christian descent.
Niromi has strong convictions and joins The Tamil Tigers, one of several resistance groups aiming to defend her people against a government which has ethnic cleansing on its agenda.
The book is fascinating. It is very well written and draws you into this brave child soldier's idealism and the dilemma she faces in joining armed resistance. It describes the society that she has grown up in and how those close to her react. The story follows her evolution of thought from pure idealism to the realisation that war is ultimately a descent to violence and injustice on all sides.

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