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Grievance of an old couple abandoned by their son

Sirisena Basunnehe and his wife.

An old couple who has been left out and neglected by their children, is living in a tiny dwelling at Damunumulla in Galewela Divisional Secretariat area without any assistance or ability to sustain themselves. 73 year old Navala Devage Sirisena who was a mason, is blind currently, while his 68 year old wife Dingiri Amma is also ill. Their daughter had died at the age of 35 while their only one son has abandoned them.

Under this prevailing situation, earlier they had lived in a thatched house. After that, those who trained under him in masonry, have constructed a house for this couple. Now, they are getting Samurdhi and the public assistance to eke out their day to day sustenance.

Although, Sirisena is unable to carry out his own work because of his blindness, he is moving here and there for his domestic activities with the support of a string made by coir. He walks to the latrine with the support of this string. As a result, they have to suffer many difficulties. In this connection, Sirisena Basunnehe said, “my daughter died while my son left us after he got married. Currently, we are all alone. I am completely blind. We are living from hand to mouth on Samurdhi and other public assistance. The young-men who trained under me in masonry had constructed a house for me. Now, we are living there. A latrine is essential . But, I am unable to do anything for that".