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Sri Lanka, Lebanon and India

A number of factual and dramatic historical events are integral to the Sacred Tears trilogy of books. These events, importantly in Sri Lanka, Lebanon and India form a rich layer of the background and understanding to the premise, settings and depth of the Sacred Tears story.

The war in Lebanon and the United Nation’s role in trying to keep the peace between many countries and factions has been well documented. Global and regional powers played significant roles in the conflict which lasted over 15 years. I have used one of the more significant events during that time, the Siege of Beirut as a backdrop to the beginning of Sacred Tears in Book 1.

The civil war in Sri Lanka was not so much in the news but was as vicious a war as it was in Lebanon, and lasted much longer. On the surface it looked to be a conflict between two ethnic groups (Sinhalese and Tamil), one dominant in politics and power, the other disenfranchised and seemingly downtrodden. But here too, behind the scenes, regional politics were at work. It can be argued that without the support the Tamil Tigers got from the central government in India, the war in Sri Lanka would not have dragged on for so long.

India’s involvement with a clumsy attempt at regional dominance saw the country eventually retreat from its southern neighbour after three years of fighting the very people they came to support: Its favourite son, Rajiv Gandhi, assassinated by a Tamil. Together, these three momentous historical events shaped the history of the two small nations of Lebanon and Sri Lanka and inspired the background setting for Sacred Tears.