A couple of hundred folks attended a candlelight vigil in downtown Halifax on Tuesday, remembering these killed within the Colombo suicide bombings earlier this week.
Religion leaders mentioned prayers in English, Arabic and Sinhala as members of the Sri Lankan diaspora lit candles bordering a chalk drawing of the Asian island nation in Victoria Park.
Greater than 320 have been killed within the coordinated assaults on the capital on Easter Sunday, and roughly twice that quantity have been wounded. It was the deadliest occasion of violence in Sri Lanka since a brutal civil struggle, which ended 10 years in the past after almost three a long time of battle.
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“We name our motherland the Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” mentioned Sanjee Ekanayake, who led the ceremonies on behalf of the Sri Lanka Canada Affiliation of the Atlantic Area (SLCAAR).
“In the present day our hope [is for] that pearl to shine once more with love, unity and peace.”
Politicians, together with federal MP Andy Fillmore and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, made brief speeches earlier than the gang noticed three minutes of silence.
“I believe the message that resonates is forgiveness,” mentioned Pastor Keith Ferreira of the Atlantic Foursquare Gospel Church.
“It occurred on the Easter Sunday the place we celebrated the forgiveness the Lord has given us. And it’s onerous, however I believe that’s the message that resonates.”
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In line with the SCAAR, which represents roughly 1,000 Sri Lankans residing in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, no Maritimers misplaced household within the assaults.
A candlelight vigil was additionally held in Charlottetown on Tuesday night, and one shall be held in Truro, N.S. on Wednesday.
Up to now, roughly 40 folks have been arrested on suspicion of connections to Sunday’s bombings and the investigation is ongoing.
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