This project is a collection of portraits and short stories of individuals who witnessed the Dec 2013 riot at Singapore’s Little India, one of the country’s worst outbreak of violence in four decades.
Based on media reports, the violence broke out after 33-year-old Indian worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu died in a bus accident at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road.
Hundreds of South Asian workers went on a rampage that left 39 persons, including police officers, injured. An ambulance and two patrol cars were also set on fire.
These stories and portraits provide alternative narratives to an important chapter in Singapore’s history. Stories will be published every Sunday night. For public submissions and leads for stories, please get in touch.
Zakaria Zainal makes meaning of the world through his photographs. His first monograph, Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes is an anthology of portraits and anecdotes of the retired Singapore Gurkhas as they reminisce about life in the Lion City, from the 1950s till today. This was followed by The Invisible Force, a book that charts the life of the Singapore Gurkhas from recruitment till retirement. While he continues making pictures, Zakaria has been moving away from traditional documentary work to photographing closer to home—or even closer to his heart. For more, visit zakariazainal.com
Prabhu Silvam is a Singapore-based writer and poet whose works have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Campus Magazine (Singapore), POSKOD. SG, and Sports+Travel Magazine. Born and bred a Singaporean, Prabhu sees writing and documenting the human condition as a necessary means of expression—the art form of telling and re-telling a story. Most recently, his works were published in Epigram Books’ Best New Singaporean Short Stories Volume One and local literary journal Ceriph.
All images & text copyright © 2014 Zakaria Zainal & Prabhu Silvam respectively.
Special thanks to Azmin Zainal for proofreading the stories.