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Local students reflect on Sri Lanka explosions

ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Cornell University students that are part of the Sri Lanka Student’s Association are speaking out, saying the deadly Easter morning bombings were more than just a shock.

“As soon as I found out, it was kind of hard to take in the news right away, cause we’ve already been dealing with the civil war that’s been there,” said Amanda Pathmanathan, president of the student organization.

Pathmanathan and fellow student Vanathi Ganesan immediately jumped to check in with their families after hearing about the attacks, but after awhile, all communication ceased.

“The government actually placed a ban on all social media so I was contacting my cousin through Messenger. After a certain point in the night, I wasn’t able to message her, and she hadn’t responded,” said Pathmanathan.

Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity are the largest religions practiced in Sri Lanka. While Christians were targeted in the attacks, these students say everyone needs to take caution.

“I don’t want to say it’s one group against another, but there is fear,” said Ganesan.

“There’s still some tensions there. Not everyone is guaranteed safety. I wouldn’t say all the minorities in Sri Lanka are safe,” said Pathmanathan.

The Sri Lanka Student’s Association will be partnering with other South Asian organizations at Cornell to create a support group for those affected by the attacks.

Katie Jones

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