By Latheef FarookNagadeepa is one of the islands of the cluster of islands off Jaffna peninsula. Sinhalese call it Nagadeeepa. To Tamils it is Nagadeevu hile the !uslim descri"es it as Nainativu. The tiny !uslim community of Nainativu perhaps may "e the smallest community of its kind in the orld. #"andoned "y all they live in isolation in the islandhich lacks even the very "asic facilities. $oever they seem to "e a god fearing andcontented lot despite hardships and misery hich% over the years% have "ecome integral part of their life. Though they remain cheerful% their faces speak volume for their endless sufferings and the struggle ith poverty and hardships. &uring a visit to Jaffna during the second eek of Fe"ruary '()* + made it a point to visit Nainativu and meet the people there. +t is an almost to hour ,ourney from Jaffna. The access to Nainativu is from the village of -urikattuan of the island of unkudutivu/ "y a '( minute "oat ride over the alk Bay. The island of unkudutivu is connected "y a causeay over the alk Bay to -ayts% the largest island of the cluster. -ayts is in turn reached "y a longer causeay% again over the alk Bay from the city Jaffna. The total distance% land and sea% from Jaffna to Nagadeepa is around 0( km.1n arrival they ere 2uite pleased to meet us saying that 3not many people visit us4. 5armth and happiness on seeing us ere shon in their facial expressions. #mong them as !ohamed -haniffa ho is regarded as the head of the community. + met them in the mos2ue after noon prayer. They ere all relaxed and forthright during their conversation.
Sandy road leading to !uslim areas alm leaves used to erect fences around their