Pope’s visit is ray of hope in darkest Sri Lanka

HONG KONG (SE): Christmas came a little early at the Bogambara-Dumbara Prison, home to a sizeable number of mostly Tamil political prisoners in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

A programme featuring carol-singing, dances and a visit from a Santa Claus bearing all sorts of precious gifts that make life in prison easier to bear, culminated in a Mass celebrated Bishop Vianney Fernando, from Kandy, on December 19.

The Human Rights Office Kandy, which organised the Christmas treat for the hundreds of prisoners who pass most of their hours in tiny cages, told the Sunday Examiner that Bishop Fernando was able to speak privately with the director of the prison, Senarath Bandara Senanayke, after he...