Press Release
April 22, 2019

*Statement of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on the Sri Lanka Easter bombings

There are no words in any language that can express the horror of this violence.

I stand in solidarity, grief, and shock with the victims, their families, and the nation of Sri Lanka, and I condemn the horrific attacks that claimed more than 200 lives and injured hundreds more this past Easter Sunday.

That these attacks were carried out on the most important day for the Catholic faithful is an affront not only to our faith, but also to the dignity of those who only wished to celebrate the day in peace and fellowship.

Terrorism has no place in this world. And while they will always try to divide people to make us live in fear and suspicion of one another, we will not let them win. The people of Sri Lanka will rise from this tragedy stronger than ever, and they will not stand alone.

They will have the support of their neighbors and the international community, and we will come together to cast away fear, bring these vile terrorists to justice, and light the fire of hope anew.

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