The ride to Batticula was terrible and took all night. With so many road blocks and lack of good roads we hardly got any speed. I honestly don’t think we ever hit more than 40 mph on any of the supply runs. One point during the night I had fallen asleep and when I woke up we were going in reverse because a large elephant was walking towards us on the road. The road was so bumpy I didn’t really get any decent amount of sleep. When I got to one refugee camp which was part of a church at 5 in the morning I asked to use the bathroom. Exhausted, I went into the bathroom only to have a man come in after me and try to sexually assault me.
He hadn’t tried to hide himself from watching me use the rest room. I wasn’t sure if this was normal in Sri Lanka or what. After that I tried to leave and he shut the door and began to make some vulgar offerings to me. I started yelling which caused him to take off running and that was the last I saw of him. I wasn’t sure what to do of this situation. I was filled with regret when I later read that several women were leaving the refugee camps because of frequent sexual assaults. If that man would be so brazen with a male foreigner I could only imagine what he might due to a local single woman.
Below are some final photos of the damage. The clothing you see in the trees on the right hand photo was ripped off many of the victims as the water raised several meters off the ground. Other incredible feats I saw included a fallen radio tower. It must have once stood at 100 feet, but now it was crumpled up into a ball like a toy. You can apply for Sri Lanka visa online