Sri Lanka Bombings Hit Close to Home for UMD, UWS Students

Taylor Holt
Updated: April 22, 2019 06:12 PM

Sri Lanka is on the edge after multiple explosions rocked the country on Easter Sunday, and the attacks are hitting close to home for several UMD and UWS students. "Horrific" and "Senseless" were some of the words they used to describe the attack.


"It's just terrifying," said Sudarshan Choudhury, a UWS student.

"It's just hard to put it in words," said UMD Junior Alec Kemp.
Those were just some of the initial reactions to hearing of the nearly 300 deaths and hundreds wounded in the bombings.

"It doesn't matter what religion, what country, we are all the same people," said Usman Gohar, a UMD student from Pakistan.

He says he's personally been affected by similar situations.

"One instance happened right across from my house. It was a big bomb blast right next to my house and it was a horrific experience to say the least," he said.

Gohar says this latest attack is a reminder.

"I think everyone needs to realize that this is becoming more of a global rather than regional issue, and I don't know why it's happening but it's definitely starting pop up in places," said Gohar.

Gohar is not the only one for whom this attack hits close to home.

"When I saw the news, I called my mom and dad first because they are visiting the southern part of India, which is very close to Sri Lanka so I called and asked if they were all safe," said Choudhury.

He says thankfully they were okay, but that he was devastated to hear of others who were not. He shared his family and many others are still on edge.

"Everyone is in panic, and I think the Government did discharge the Indian military to make sure everything was fine," Choudhury said.

However, the catastrophic after effects are also touching people who do not have ties to the area, like Kemp.

"We don't see it firsthand because there's not a lot of bad things that happen in Minnesota, but just hearing it in other places, it makes it real," Kemp said.

Kemp says he hopes if anything awareness can come out of this.

"This bombing or other situations, if people are not aware of it and they don't know about it, you can't stop it from happening. It's all about awareness," he said.

"My prayers for (the other families)," said Choudhury.


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