Still reeling from the tsunami of 2004, Antoni and his family find their lives in turmoil when they are trapped in the crossfire during the country's merciless civil war. Can they survive not just the loss of friends and family but also being forced from their home, leaving everything behind? Where will they go? And who will give them refuge?
Dr Benjamin Dix is Senior Fellow at SOAS, University of London and Founding Director of the non-profit, PositiveNegatives, which produces literary comics and animations exploring social and humanitarian issues. Vanni was the basis for his PhD in anthropology, which examined methods of adapting complex testimony into sequential art. Dix has worked across Asia and Africa as a researcher, photographer and as a Communications and Liaison Manager for the United Nations. From 2004-8 he was based in the LTTE- (Tamil Tigers)-controlled Vanni, in north Sri Lanka, throughout the post-tsunami reconstruction and subsequent civil war.