Sharon Bala's award-winning novel, The Boat People, is about a group of 500 Sri Lankan refugees that arrive in Canada but are faced with deportation and accusations of terrorism. Bala's novel was inspired by the arrival of the MV Sun Sea.
"On August 13, 2010, the Canadian navy intercepted a rusty cargo ship called the MV Sun Sea off the coast of British Columbia. There were nearly 500 Tamil asylum-seekers onboard. They had fled Sri Lanka after the end of a long and gruesome civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam."
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