My Bata Slippers

Ambika Thambu (+Video)


Civil war forces Ambika Thambu from beautiful Jaffna, Sri Lanka, in 1997. She sets out wearing Bata slippers that make a happy “sadag sadag” sound as she walks. Even when all that holds the slippers together is a safety pin, and even though at times she carries them, she doesn’t throw them away. Now she is a radio host, grateful to the black Bata slippers that brought her to her new life.

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