The Darkest Day

*UV and *WR Villages, Sri Lanka

 

April 21st was the darkest day in Sri Lanka. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays were celebrated with fireworks and rituals. However, all celebrations came to an end on Easter Sunday when a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings of three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo, and the hotels that were bombed were the Shangri-la, Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Tropical Inn. It took away the lives of 258 people, including at least 46 foreign nationals and 3 police officers and injuring at least 500 more. 

 

Later, there were smaller explosions at a housing complex in Dematagoda and a guest house in Dehiwala, which compelled the government to declare a state of emergency. The armed forces carried out search operations in the affected areas for suspected terrorists and arrested many.

 

The government declared all government schools and private teaching intuitions to be closed until normalcy prevailed. The security was tightened in places of worship, schools, government intuitions, hotels, and other important intuitions all around the country. 

 

When the government was satisfied with the provided security cover, it declared that the second term of school to commence on May 6th for grades 6 to 13 in all government schools. For grades 1 to 5, the second term commenced on May 13th, as normalcy prevailed under strict security.

 

As UV Village is quite a distance from *U Village, speaking with the parents, we were informed that the village security was strong. Therefore, we commenced the tutoring class in the first week of May. The attendance of children was good. We informed the parents that, if there should be unrest, the children must remain at home. It will be the responsibility of the parents to find out and make sure if it’s safe to send the children to the tutoring class.

 

Thank you!

 

Celeste
GHNI National Field Leader 

*For purposes of security, “UV Village”, “WR Village”, and “U Village” are pseudonyms for the villages being helped by these projects.

 

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