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 17.
Leaving behind 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 each, 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 Tigers. But then events erupted in ways that she could no longer bear.
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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