Sri Lanka: Increase in Targeting Religious Areas for Bombings

By: Virginia Fuss

In Sri Lanka, bombings have risen due to religious turmoil. Occurring in Sainthamaruthu, a town of the small country, a total of fifteen people were killed, including six children, when Islamist militants blew themselves up during a raid. Along with this, the gunmen injured more people, who are in critical condition at the hospital. It is articulated that “some 600 Muslims fled the area as the raid unfolded and took shelter in a school, residents said” (BBC). Muslims and Christians alike are hiding themselves just to stay alive.

The Catholic Cardinal of Sri Lanka reported that they were not warned about this attack even though intel was gathered. He informed the authorities that he felt endangered and betrayed, as many of his people were now at risk for their lives. Many members of the defense and police force resigned after the bombing, but the Prime Minister stayed, saying that the only reason he would ever resign is if he had an “inkling, and we had not taken action.” Overall, many opposing points contradict how the
situation should be handled in the future, and many are trying to deflect blame.

In my opinion, this is dangerous, because it borders on theocracy. As said before, all religious groups are running for cover because the terrorists who create the bombs don’t care about collateral damage. Although there may be one target group, that doesn’t give them the right to exclude all other groups in the recovery process. This piece brings attention to the fact that when a calamity such as this occurs, it is hard for groups to look past their own for recovery and help.

A fellow journalist and researcher at North Springs, Isabelle Mokotoff, also cared to comment: “I’m just confused as to why people feel the need to hurt innocents such as those in Sri Lanka. They were simply worshipping a universal god—and the shocking part is that not only was the Catholic church targeted, but also mosques. It just goes to show how much insanity goes in to any murder situation; it takes so little humanity to intentionally kill another person.”

Mokotoff is right. This occurrence is little known, but it reflects such a wide experience that is striking worldwide. Shootings such as those in New Zealand or even as local as UNC sympathize with Sri Lanka, but the world has to come together before they can help mediate the recovery process.

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