Sri Lanka Easter attacks – a year on

This Easter we reflect and mourn the victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka last year. A series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings across Batticaloa, Colombo, Negombo and Sainthamaruthu took 259 innocent lives. The consequences continue to be far reaching for the country and the affected families. ⁣

Since the attacks, there has been a dangerously high increase in incidents of targeting Muslims and a strengthening of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country. The consequent focus on reforming and restraining the Muslim community, and putting in motion actions that further marginalise minority communities, is unfortunately setting Sri Lanka on an all too familiar and tragic path to more polarisation and violence. ⁣

We remember the victims and our thoughts are with families, as the lockdown continues will be forced to mourn in isolation.