Catholics in the Sri Lankan communities of Colombo and Negombo, where the churches were attacked by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday, have held their first Sunday morning masses since the incident that killed in excess of 250 individuals.
Police stood to protect at each passageway to St Lucia’s house of prayer in Colombo, one of the nation’s biggest places of prayer, which was brimming with admirers, including numerous who lost relatives in the bombings on 21 April. Those attending underwent full-body searches and were prohibited from bringing packs, and the street outside was barricaded and guided by soldiers. Soldiers wearing masks and camouflaged garments watched the surrounding areas on motorbikes.
The majority in the two urban communities – benefits somewhere else in the nation had restarted before – were little strides towards the resumption of typical life after the assaults that finished a time of relative harmony following the administration’s merciless triumph in the nation’s 27-year common war against Tamil activists.
A few students at state-run schools continued classes a week ago. Grounds were monitored by police, and parents requested to replace school bags with clear plastic bags. Attendance in the school still remains low. Catholic-based schools, which have been closed since the attacks are probably going to revive on Tuesday.
Heavy police and armed force presence is as yet noticeable in the urban areas and towns as security powers proceed with the chase for accomplices of the terror cell that carried out the deadly bombings.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.