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Community members discussing a new beehive fence in Sri Lanka. Building beehive fences to protect farms from elephant raids. Lucy doing research in Uda Walawe. Tracking crop-raiding elephants in paddy fields. Beekeeping training for beehive fence farmers in Sri Lanka. Not only are Asian elephants a very different species to our African elephants, but Sri Lanka also has three different honeybee species living on the island which each have different behavioural properties compared to the African honey bee.

Consequently, our research in Sri Lanka has had to start from scratch, firstly trying to understand if the elephants there have any knowledge or fear of the local honey bees. Please click here to download our latest publication on how Sri Lankan elephants respond to the sound of disturbed bees. Elephant prints in paddy field. Honeycomb from Apis cerana bees.

In a nation that prides itself on being the regional leader in education, these students in their pristine uniforms listen attentively before the school bell says it's lunchtime. The clanging old bells are the loudest interruption of any school day. Veneman expressed alarm at the high number of children affected by continuing violence in the northern area of Sri Lanka known as the Vanni. It was his weekly moment of glory, a time when all the other boys in his village in northern Sri Lanka came to watch him take out his bat, put on his cricket helmet and stride to the wicket.

Her reactions were enough time to save the life of her baby girl. Sennappu was killed instantly. And three years on, the problems continue. Some 78 people were killed, including the parents and older sister of year-old Farouk Mohammad Riaz.

One of them is married and has moved away from home, two are fishermen and the youngest, Satharsan, is 12 years old and still goes to school. He looks alarmed and seems about to cry, but before he can start he is whisked up onto his feet again. Now its population of , is feeling the effects of the recent upsurge in fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and government forces.

Aid reaches families displaced by conflict in eastern Sri Lanka VAHARAI, Sri Lanka, 12 October — Not far from the shoreline, where rows of tents stretch into the distance, a group of children and women gather round a concrete well to wash clothes and dowse themselves in cooling water — a relief from the fierce heat. On 21 September, thousands of children celebrated the UN International Day of Peace amid an escalating conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

Shelling and skirmishes between the two groups are a frequent occurrence there. Dozens of schoolgirls reportedly lost their lives and many more suffered injuries this week when bombs hit a compound in Mullaitivu, a district in the northern part of the country.

Now, Sri Lanka has launched a two-year action plan to put an end to child sex tourism. It was just one of many recent examples of the violent daily reality of life on this island nation. Schools were being used as camps to house all these displaced people. All of this was destroyed along with their homes. Documents were washed away. People were just left with nothing. In the morning I get up and go to the local school. My best subject is health science, and I want to study biology and become a doctor.

Her sister Vickneaswary, 28 and seven months pregnant, is by her side, ready to help if needed. As each new word was added, there were giggles from some and teasing from others. Set back from the Indian Ocean, it saw the tsunami sweep away everything in its sight in this fishing village in eastern Sri Lanka.

Vishara fled his home in southern Sri Lanka on 26 December as the surging waters swallowed everything in their path. Six months later, a trauma recovery programme staffed by volunteers who are recent medical graduates has helped him overcome lingering fears. Sometimes they even spar.

But even when they quarrel, these seven Sri Lankan siblings are just happy to be together again. Losing both their parents and their home in the tsunami was terrible enough without the added pain of being split up.

Not so much for the numbers killed but because more than half of its entire coastline was badly hit — all the way from the southwest to the northeast tip.