Tamil Tigress: My story as a child soldier in Sri Lanka's bloody civil war

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Allen & Unwin, Jul 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Two days before Christmas in 1987, at the age of 17, Niromi de Soyza found herself in an ambush as part of a small platoon of militant Tamil Tigers fighting government forces in the bloody civil war that was to engulf Sri Lanka for decades. With her was her lifelong friend, Ajanthi, also aged 17. Leaving behind them their shocked middle-class families, the teenagers had become part of the Tamil Tigers' first female contingent. Equipped with little more than a rifle and a cyanide capsule, Niromi's group managed to survive on their wits in the jungle, facing not only the perils of war but starvation, illness and growing internal tensions among the militant Tigers. And then events erupted in ways that she could no longer bear.

How was it that this well-educated, mixed-race, middle-class girl from a respectable family came to be fighting with the Tamil Tigers? Today she lives in Sydney with her husband and children; but Niromi de Soyza is not your ordinary woman and this is her compelling story.
 

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This biography of children soldiers captivated most of our Monday night group. Mary had attended an author’s talk on the book and was inspired by her tenacity and strength. She also felt de Soyza’s ... Read full review

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A very well written book.

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Contents

1 The Ambush
1
2 The House of My Grandmother
6
3 Anger and Frustration
25
4 Dead and Buried
46
5 For the Greater Good
60
6 An Act of Betrayal
74
7 A Tiger Named Roshan
94
8 A MilitaryStyle Training Base
112
13 Trying to Ignore My Reality
212
14 The Last Few Moments of Life
227
15 Where It All Ends
237
16 The Dream Beyond Reach
248
17 The Jungle Hideout
263
18 Extraordinary Days
274
19 Where Do I Go From Here?
283
20 Afterwards
298

9 Theres Still Time to Change Your Mind
133
10 I Knew It Wouldnt Last Forever
156
11 Experience of the Battlefield
183
12 A Break in the Hostilities
201
List of Acronyms
305
Tamil and Sinhala Words
306
Acknowledgements
308
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About the author (2011)

Niromi de Soyza speaks fluent Tamil and Sinhalese and writes vivid beautiful English. For many years she worked for the Red Cross in Sydney, where she still lives with her husband and two young children.

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