It was on easter Sunday that suicide attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels killed over 250 people in Sri Lanka. Behind the attacks low radical muslim groups, but also terrorist organisations IS a set of behind the deed.
since Then, the muslim population, around 10 per cent of the population in Sri Lanka, has been subjected to a series of acts of violence. Big bunch of have pulled through towns, attacking mosques, burning the quran and ravaged shops owned by muslims. The violence has gone so far that a man was carved to death on Monday when a group of buddhists, who represent the majority of the inhabitants of Sri Lanka, went to the attack on a muslim area in the north-western part of the country.
is nothing new in Sri Lanka. The country was plagued for decades by a civil war where the tamil tigers fought for an independent state. The conflict is estimated to have taken around 100 000 lives before it was discontinued ten years ago. After it has relative calm prevailed and Sri Lanka has become a popular destination for tourists. The wounds from a long trauma began to heal. Then came the terrorist attack, and now there is a concern that the ethnic conflict will again disrupt the country's development.
the Country is trying to move forward after a traumatic period with an ethnic violent conflict, but these attacks are to push Sri Lanka backwards. If appropriate action against the recent violence is not inserted, it can escalate further, warns the UN's Adama Dieng, responsible for countering genocide, in a statement.
In a week, violence has escalated and the authorities have imposed a curfew on the nights.
tells the BBC that his factory was vandalized and burned down by 200 rioters who broke into. He says that the muslim community now lives in fear and calls for the government of the country is taking to deal with the violence.
"We are afraid that Sri Lanka will be changed into something we no longer recognize," says the man to the BBC.
the Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinge have urged for calm and warned that the unrest impedes the investigation of the easter attacks. In an attempt to quell the rumor mill and concern, the authorities have closed down social media platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp.
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