So far, we count 321 dead and over 500 injured following the terrorist attacks that took place on Easter Sunday. The heinousness of these attacks was only worsened by the fact that they took place on the single most important day in the Christian calendar. Churches were at their fullest.
The hotels that were also subject to the bombings were not just tourist destinations, either. They had hosted Easter vigils and offered Easter breakfasts and brunches for their guests. As those on the ground grapple with the material and emotional needs of the survivors, church doors in Sri Lanka remain temporarily closed for fear of further violence, and the country remains in a state of emergency.