‘No future here’: 6 Sri Lankans on the crisis in the island state

The past months, Sri Lanka suffered from a severe economic crisis. With low fuel supplies, unprecedented food inflation and long queues for basic necessities, the island nation of 22 million people has been engulfed in unrest and chaos.
Experts blame a range of factors, including mounting foreign debt, a decline in tourism, which is a major driver of the economy, and a decline in remittances. The country’s woes are not entirely new – in April 2019 the Easter attacks, a series of bombings by an Islamist terror group, claimed 269 lives, and in 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic dealt another blow.

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