- For months, protesters have called for new leadership as Sri Lanka descends into a devastating economic crisis.
- The president resigned on July 14 but was replaced by a former prime minister who put down the protests.
- As activists regroup and the nation seeks an international bailout, daily life remains a struggle amid shortages of food, fuel and medicine.
But that feeling was short-lived, engineer-turned-activist Nuzly Hameem told USA TODAY.
Soon the parliament elected the unpopular former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghewhich then declared a state of emergency and destroyed a protest site in Colombo, the national capital, using military force.