Where the world was still recuperating with the fire that broke out at the Notre Dame Cathedral, we were once again shocked with the massive bombings that occurred in major parts of Sri Lanka. Serial bombings which occurred during Easter Sunday services at churches, whisked away precious lives. Children, women and men were not spared in this atrocity that not only shook Sri Lanka but the entire world.
Here in UNM, we host a large group of students from Sri Lanka, a beautiful country enriched with culture, history and heritage. It must have truly shattered their hearts when such a news was relayed to them. With exams nearing it must have been a real tough situation to live with. To honour the lives lost, the Sri Lankan community held a vigil at the fountain area on the 26 April 2019 at 7pm. This vigil was mainly for to show respect and concern for the precious lives lost and to mourn for the country in such testing times.
We stand by our friends in this hard time where emotional and mental support is what they need the most. Such activities hosted by the university, has proven that we care and love for all regardless of race, religion or nationality. Seeing so many students come together for this warms the heart and gives us the confidence that humanity still exist, and we believe in it. The nature of the bombings are yet to be discovered but we definitely do not want such calamity to struck another country.
Our heartfelt wishes go to the wellbeing of Sri Lanka. To our friends here in UNM, you will always have our support. Always feel free to approach your friends or to trusted personnel if you feel that this is affecting you in any way. We live in a diverse society – in fact, a diverse world and we must learn to live in peace and with respect for each other. -Stan Lee