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14th death anniversary of Richard de Zoysa

The 14th death anniversary of journalist Richard de Zoysa falls today. The third death anniversary of his mother, Dr. Manorani Saravanamuttu, was commemorated on February 12.

Richard was a multi-faceted personality who left a lasting impression during a short but prolific creative span. Media critic, announcer, teledrama and stage actor, author and journalist, Richard was 32 when he was abducted and killed by an armed gang on a fateful night in February 1990.

The gruesome killing of her beloved son spurred Dr. Saravanamuttu to launch a campaign for justice for the 'disappeared' on behalf of the mothers who had lost their sons; the wives who had lost their husbands; the sisters who had lost their brothers.

Dr. Saravanamuttu's relentless campaign attracted international attention towards the plight of victims who disappeared without a trace during the 1988-90 terror period.

The 'Mothers' Front' organisation which she founded in 1991 rendered a yeoman service for the welfare of families who lost their breadwinners during this period. It later spread to Matara, Moneragala, Kandy, Kurunegala and Anuradhapura districts. She was accorded the 'Weera Mathru' (heroic mother) title in 1996.

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