– A whole generation is gone, " says Joseph Gomez.
He looks desperately at the family profile, where his son and his family – wife and three sons – smile posing in front of a white van. In the Sunday morning visited the trebarnsfamiljen påskmässan in the church of Saint Anthony in Colombo.Image 1 of 2 Joseph Gomez surrounded by what's left of his family. Photo: Anders Hansson Slide 2 of 2 Berlingto Joseph Gomez and his wife Chandrika and their three break Bevon 9 years, Clavon 6 years, and the Avon 11 months, all died in the attack against the Saint Anthony's church. Photo: Anders Hansson Slideshow
Joseph Gomez himself would go on a later trade show, twelve o'clock. But now, it was never so. On morgonmässan entered a suicide bomber into the church and triggered a powerful bomb. Joseph Gomez 33-year-old son Berlingto, his wife, Chandrika, 31, and their three sons, nine, six and eleven months old, lost all life. Two of the sons are not yet identified, but any hope that they survived is not.
The youngest, would fill a year just a few weeks.
The two older liked to play badminton, " says Joseph Gomez. And nine-year-old Bevon excelled in school.
" He was the best in the class, learned everything in no time. When he got older he said that he wanted to have me as a teacher, I looked forward to it. But now it will never happen. I think about them all the time, " says Joseph Gomez, who is a teacher of English, and quivering with grief.
the victims of the Sunday attacks on three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka. Easter is a familjehögtid and children have off from school. According to the UN body, the dog at least 45 persons under 18 years of age in the attacks. Yet several were injured and several fights on the hospitals ' intensive care units for their survival.
Even the five foreign children lost their lives. Among other things, lost the Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen three of their four children in the attack.
We visit the family Gomez in a simple stone house inside an alley with the low house about a quarter drive from the church of Saint Anthony which is now cordoned for visitors and heavily guarded by soldiers. The parts of the family that is left alive are gathered in the home where Berlingto and Chandrika Gomez lived with their three children. Berlingto ran her own business and Chandrika worked as a chauffeur. On the wall hangs a picture of the pope, framed by the light beams that are flashing. The family is deeply religious. But how Jesus thought in the past, they wonder.Image 1 of 2 Joseph Gomez. Photo: Anders Hansson Slide 2 of 2 dissolution confirmed Nismiya, the daughter of Berney and daughter Shalinek. At the far right, and her sister Freeda. Photo: Anders Hansson Slideshow
– There are no words sufficient to describe this loss. They just wanted to celebrate easter Sunday, it cost them their lives, " says Joseph Gomez.
And it was on the same day we celebrate that Jesus was resurrected, interjects the daughter of Berny Gomez.
The islamist terrorsekten ICE has taken responsibility for the killings. After the attacks, muslims have in some quarters in Sri Lanka known by a harder mood, despite the fact that the muslim league has condemned the attack and urged the people to stand united. There is information about shops owned by muslims have been vandalised and there should be the imams who advised against his parishioners from staying there.
the Family Gomez does not want to condemn anyone.
– We have several muslim neighbors, there have never been any problems. We want to spread love and not hatred, what happened came as a total shock.
after it has happened. Warnings have been issued about the new attacks and almost every day the police have detonated the suspicious explosive devices.
" We can't stay here anymore, we see no future here. We want to move to a peaceful society, which you have in Scandinavia.
– this goes directly to the heart, and I am sad all the time, can't eat. They were a beautiful family, " says Joseph Gomez.
Joseph Gomez says that they have faith. It sits deep.
" We live for Jesus Christ and will never lose our faith. Some time after this, we hope that we can go ahead and can help other people.Image 1 of 2 Joseph Gomez visiting the cemetery the day after the funeral. Photo: Anders Hansson Slide 2 of 2 Shalinek, Berney, Nismiya and Joseph Gomez visiting the cemetery the day after the funeral. Photo: Anders Hansson Slideshow
to the cemetery. The funeral of the three members of the family that is identified occurred on Tuesday. On the dirt piles that cover the buried chests are roses that have started to wither. Youngest boy Avon's tomb is less than a metre long.
Joseph and his two daughters Berny and Shalipec snap their hands. Trying to take in the incomprehensible.
next to the dug two new graves. The death toll in the terror attack are still rising and are now up to 359. It is the worst violence in Sri Lanka has been since the bloody civil war ended ten years ago.