Questioning War and Morality in Niromi de Soyza’s Tamil Tigress: My Story As a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka’s Bloody Civil War
Tamil Tigress: My story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka’s Bloody Civil War by Niromi de Soyza discusses the brutality and terror experienced by the young soldiers during the Sri Lankan Civil war. Through this work, she vividly describes how she and her best friend Ajanthi got themselves enrolled into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as the first female Tigers’ and how it eventually changed their lives. She starts off her work as a rant against the Sri Lankan army and finishes it up as a plea against the stupidity of war.
De Soyza has very well portrayed incidents of the sharp and tough characters she encountered during her life as a young girl and then as a Tiger. The Tigers are presented as a chaotic group of disorganized youths and weary adults who were often forced to be cynical, starving, silent and obedient. Though initially she is caught up with a high revolutionary fervor, she becomes more and more uncomfortable with the way the Tigers’ administer and exercise power. She chooses to resign after seeing most of her friends’ die, an inevitable end to her mutinous journey, which also sees her grow from innocence to experience.
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