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Canada‘The lower we got, the more blood we saw’: Canadians react to Sri Lankan bombs

20:00  21 april  2019
20:00  21 april  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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“The Sri Lankan people have been so warm and welcoming here.” Canada ’s department of Global Affairs says it has no reports of any Canadians caught But those in Canada with personal ties to Sri Lanka were reeling on Sunday. Pastor Vincent Sahayanathan Muthulingam of the Harvest Missionary

A spokesperson for an organization representing Sri Lankan - Canadians says he has “no answers” in the wake of co-ordinated bomb attacks in his homeland that killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more . ‘ The lower we got , the more blood we saw ’: Canadians react to Sri Lankan bombs .

‘The lower we got, the more blood we saw’: Canadians react to Sri Lankan bombs © Steve Russell Men in Toronto kneel during a prayer group in the wake of the attacks on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, prior to services at the Toronto Harvest Missionary Church, built for Sri Lankan Canadians in 2007.

With a diaspora estimated to be more than 100,000 people of Sri Lankan origin and descent in Canada, the bombings that rocked hotels and churches in the South Asian community Sunday were felt here, as well as by Canadians who were in the vicinity at the time.

“Obviously, the Canadian Tamil Congress, we are saddened by this, and we strongly condemn this attack. We send our sympathies and condolences to those families and friends of those were affected due to this bomb blasts. And also, we call on the government of Sri Lanka to bring the perpetrators to justice, as quickly as possible,” said Sivan Ilangko, president of the Canadian Tamil Congress. “We are thinking of organizing a vigil in the next few days, here in the GTA, and will send out the information about that as soon as we have additional information.”

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Ilangko said Sunday morning that at this point, he is not personally aware of any Canadian ties to anyone caught in the blasts, but admitted he was waiting for more information.

“At this point, we have not heard if there was anyone with a Canadian connection affected,” he said.

‘The lower we got, the more blood we saw’: Canadians react to Sri Lankan bombs © ISHARA S. KODIKARA Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. David Poopalapillai was at church in Mississauga for Easter Sunday services, and had already heard about members of his extended family that were affected by the blasts.

“Some of my relatives have relatives that died in the blast, back in Batticaloa. It’s an eastern coastal town. This has affected the entire community. This is so tragic. The entire community is mourning. The international community is mourning,” he said. “(My relatives) just called me, they are crying over the phone. it is so devastating. And what a loss. There are no words that I can comprehend to tell you how we feel about it.”

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Poopalapillai hopes that a local memorial and vigil will be organized soon, as well as if there any foreign aid that may be necessary.

Canadian Chris Plosaj was eating breakfast at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel — one site of the bombings — just 10 minutes before the restaurant was rocked by two massive explosions.

“The place we were eating less than 10 minutes prior is now a black hole with rubble,” said Plosaj, an Ottawa native now living in Hong Kong.

He added that he and his friend decided to head back up to their hotel room to pack when he heard a loud thud that sounded like someone falling off a bed a floor above. Then, a minute or so later, a much louder boom that shook the window and the floor.

Plosaj said that he knew “something was wrong” shortly after because he heard sirens and saw the military police running toward the hotel. Then, he the hotel alarm went off advising the guests to evacuate.

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Sri Lankan cabinet spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne, is addressing media in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry has confirmed at least 37 foreign citizens are among the dead. Three Indian citizens, three British and two Turkish citizens were confirmed by the department, AFP reports.

Sri Lankan military officials standing guard at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on Sunday. Sri Lankan Catholics are largely concentrated in the Colombo-Negombo area. Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said that given Sri Lanka’s history of ethnic and religious

“We took the stairs from the 23rd floor. The lower we got, the more blood we saw. It started as drips and then pools of water and blood, gathered in the flooded hallways,” he added.

“I can’t believe it happened. It’s such a beautiful country and the people are so wonderful,” Plosaj said. “The Sri Lankan people have been so warm and welcoming here.” Canada’s department of Global Affairs now urges Canadian would-be travellers to Sri Lanka to “Exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka due to the security situation.”

Cardinal Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto took to Twitter to note, “On a day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Easter joy is numbed by the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka, targeting churches and hotels. We condemn the targeted violence against Christians that is taking place at an alarmingly frequent rate worldwide. The slaughter of innocent families in a place of worship is particularly heinous. I invite all of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Toronto to lift our collective voices in prayer for the hundreds killed and injured."

‘The lower we got, the more blood we saw’: Canadians react to Sri Lankan bombs © Steve Russell Members of the Toronto Harvest Missionary Church pray in the wake of the attacks on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. in Toronto.

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