The matriarch

The 92 year old Margaret Outschoorn is the oldest member of the Portuguese Burgher community in Batticaloa. Displaced from the Dutch Bar after the 2004 tsunami, she now lives in a new settlement developed especially for the community. She talks about displacement and loss of her unique culture and how she still misses her old life in the Dutch Bar. Photography by Kannan Arunasalam. Kaffirinha music by the Burgher Union Band.


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