Antoni's Story

Meet Antoni...

He is seeking asylum in the UK. Antoni was living in the Vanni, in Sri Lanka, with his wife, Ranjini, their children, Antoni’s mother and Ranjini’s sister. When the fighting came closer to their village Antoni and his family were forced to evacuate.

This comic is an excerpt from ‘The Vanni’ a graphic novel depicting one family’s personal stories from Sri Lankan Conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Packed together with the many other people fleeing conflict they faced many horrors. The fighting continually caught up with them. Shells fell all around and they were injured and starving. There was no escape as they were surrounded by conflict on all sides.

Antoni has lost his son, Michael, his Mother and his sister-in-law Priya is missing, he has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is separated from his wife and daughter.  

This comic was generously funded by the Arts Council England. 

Discussion Points

  1. What are your initial thoughts after reading The Vanni?

  2. How do Antoni and his family’s experiences differ from what you hear in the media?

  3. How and why did Antoni have to leave his home?

  4. How has Antoni adapted to what has happened to him? How do you think he feels?

  5. What would you have done in his situation?

  6. How should victims of armed conflict such as Antoni be treated by their government?

  7. What do you think it is like having to live with the threat of violence every day?

  8. How did the UK authorities treat Antoni?

  9. How does the media report these issues in different contexts?

  10. How are you different, and similar, to Antoni and his family?



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