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Tsunami victims express gratitude

Observer Viewpoint | Tuesday, January 11, 2005

As parents who are deeply touched by the love and concern that was shown to our son Dinal by the priests, academic community and friends of both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, we thought of writing this note to thank you for your prayers and for being concerned. There were hundreds of e-mails that started pouring in offering prayers, and each one of you wanted to know whether Dinal and both of us were safe in Sri Lanka.

There was even a message of concern televised on CNN asking for Dinal’s whereabouts by a friend. We want to thank all of you for your display of love and affection towards us. It is comforting for us, as parents living so far away, to see a bond that exists between our son Dinal and his friends at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. This is truly a display of a great spirit from the communities of two unique institutions.

It is no doubt a gruelling experience for all of us in Sri Lanka. We have lost over 46,000 lives. We have several of our friends and known people amongst them. There are hundreds of thousand of infants and children who have lost their mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.there is over a million people who had lost their homes. Their wounds will take many years to heal. The only comfort we have is to think that the Good Lord will guide them towards healing their wounds fast.

Thank you again for your love, concern and prayers. Dinal will be amongst you soon to tell the real story. May God bless you all.

Kamini and Athula Edirisinghe

Notre Dame parents

Jan. 8