British High Commissioner in SL visits the indigenous Wadda community.-Video
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, who is touring the hill country, visited the indigenous Vedda community in Dambana.
The High Commissioner met the Vedda community Chief Uru Warige Wannila Aththo, and learned about the long history of the Vedda people and the challenges faced by the community as they seek to balance preserving their traditional lifestyles with the attractions and opportunities of modern life.
The High Commissioner said that he had been honored to meet the community chief and to receive his blessings and warm hospitality.
He noted that there was much to learn from indigenous communities, including their sustainable agricultural practices and their use of herbal remedies.
At the invitation of Chief Uru Warige Wannila Aththo, he also planted a tree to mark his visit.
The High Commissioner also made a brief visit to Badulla where he met the Government Agent and Opposition leader of the Uva Provincial Council Harin Fernando.