04/25/2020 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – Tuesday, April 21, marked one year since the 2019 Easter Bombings that shook the nation of Sri Lanka. On that day, suicide bombers attacked three churches and several luxury hotels across the island nation. As a result, nearly 300 people were killed and another 500 were injured.
Many of the individuals affected by the bombings were Christians attending Easter Sunday services within the three churches that were attacked. According to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, the recovery of these victims continues to progress slowly.
“We cannot take away the trauma of the families who lost their loved ones,” Ranjith told Crux. “Some families lost almost everyone, leaving them alone. Those kinds of people will require attention continuously in the sense that we have to see to it that they are psychologically settle with what happened.”
Citing other challenges faced by the survivors of the bombings, Ranjith told Crux that in the past year those seriously injured continue to recover physically and some have lost their homes because they have been unable to work or lost their family’s breadwinner. According to Ranjith, the Church in Sri Lanka is doing what it can to provide for those “who have been rendered destitute” as a result of the bombings.
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