Muslim Aid is shocked and saddened by the attacks on innocent civilians which started early on Easter Sunday, and the Muslim Aid country office in Sri Lanka is preparing to join an interfaith response to help victims in the aftermath of the attacks.
“Our profound condolences go to the people of Sri Lanka and the friends and families of the victims, both national and foreign. It is appalling that acts of violence should be perpetrated, targetting Christians and tourists on one of the most important days in the Christian calendar.”, says CEO of Muslim Aid, Jehangir Malik OBE. The majority are Sri Lankan nationals of the 320 dead and 500 injured in the eight blasts on Sunday which included three churches and three high-end hotels.
“We must stand together so that people of faith can practise their faith without fear,” Jehangir continues.
Muslim Aid’s Country Director Dr Faizer Khan in Sri Lanka says “the situation in the country is very serious”.
Tomorrow, when offices are open again after the holiday weekend, he will be meeting with his colleagues of other faiths including the Methodist Church and the Christian Council of Sri Lanka.
“We will work together to go into the hospitals to see what medical and counselling assistance is needed. And we will be helping provide support with the funerals as per needs,” Dr Khan continues.
Muslim Aid has been active in Sri Lanka since 2005 in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, supporting education, nutrition, shelter and income generation projects. Muslim Aid is also involved in peace building activities with the other faiths in Sri Lanka where the majority of people are Buddhist, with Hindus and Muslims making up 22 percent of the population and Christians 7 percent.