Tamil Tigress

Tamil Tigress : My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 25.4mm | 290g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1743310706
  • 9781743310700
  • 204,609

Review quote

"Readers will both empathize with and judge de Soyza's experiences in the Tamil struggle as she candidly shares the messy truths of what occurred in the jungle and how she came to leave the Tigers behind." --Publishers Weekly "Shows how corrupting and demoralizing war can be, regardless of which side you are on." --BUST magazine
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About Niromi de Soyza

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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Rating details

384 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 33% (126)
4 33% (125)
3 24% (92)
2 6% (24)
1 4% (17)

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Despite all the controversies about the author and the story, the book helped me to understand srilankan history and the long-lasting disputes between the two nations. With her story, the author also shows the mentality and reasons for her (and at the same time the others) acts, which are normally not understandable for all the other people. I think the same can be used for way of thinking in majority of wars all over the world.show more
by Neza P.
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