Father Sarathjeevan, the JRS Coordinator for Kilinochchi, refused to abandon a group of people, including some orphaned children, during the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka. He stayed in a bunker with them, not eating for three days. After leaving the war zone, he suffered a fatal heart attack on May 18, the last day of the war.
Father Sarathjeevan had “a love of the people”, said Father Kamal Andradi, the director of JRS Sri Lanka. “He was a huge man and he had such a delicate heart,” said Father P. S. Amalraj, JRS South Asia’s Regional Director, of the 41-year-old priest.
The Sara Project pays tribute to this brave priest. The project aims to raise funds for the short-term relief, and long-term rehabilitation, of Sri Lankans whose homes and lives have been shattered by the country’s civil war.