The view of the coast at sunset seen from the Galle Face Green in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The Galle Face Green is the city's largest and most elegant promenade. Adjacent to the coast, this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity. In the evenings it plays host to families and children playing sports and flying kites, lovers embracing under umbrellas and health enthusiasts taking their daily evening walks. While the city remains a bustling, noisy metropolis, there are distinct signs of anxiety associated with the conflict taking place on the opposite side of the island, in the northeast. Tourists are fewer in number, military checkpoints are pervasive, and many public buildings are off limits to camera-carrying visitors, for fear that they may be LTTE spies.  LTTE bombers have staged attacks here in the past and are most recently suspected to have been behind a bombing incident on the 24th of May in which a bomb that was strapped to a motorcycle exploded downtown in the capital.
GALLE FACE GREEN; COLOMBO; SRI LANKA; MAY 18, 2007
(Published: The New York Times; Jun 15 2007; "Sri Lanka’s Scars Trace Lines of War Without End") (image by J. Adam Huggins)
The view of the coast at sunset seen from the Galle Face Green in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The Galle Face Green is the city's largest and most elegant promenade. Adjacent to the coast, this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity. In the evenings it plays host to families and children playing sports and flying kites, lovers embracing under umbrellas and health enthusiasts taking their daily evening walks. While the city remains a bustling, noisy metropolis, there are distinct signs of anxiety associated with the conflict taking place on the opposite side of the island, in the northeast. Tourists are fewer in number, military checkpoints are pervasive, and many public buildings are off limits to camera-carrying visitors, for fear that they may be LTTE spies. LTTE bombers have staged attacks here in the past and are most recently suspected to have been behind a bombing incident on the 24th of May in which a bomb that was strapped to a motorcycle exploded downtown in the capital. GALLE FACE GREEN; COLOMBO; SRI LANKA; MAY 18, 2007 (Published: The New York Times; Jun 15 2007; "Sri Lanka’s Scars Trace Lines of War Without End")
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