Listen: Communities in Sri Lanka are uniting, amidst fear and shock, says top UN official there
"Communities in religious leaders have come together to call for peace and calm in treeline car following the deadly church in hotel suicide bombings on Easter Sunday. We'd nearly three hundred killed including forty five children the Indian Ocean island nation is in a state of mourning in leaving through a national trauma. That's according to the UN resident cordination, Sri Lanka and a singer wall. So warns that beyond the fear and shock. There was rising concern over a possible backlash. The UN is on the ground supporting communities and providing medical supplies as well as psychological aid for those who witnessed divide once and a singer spoke by phone to U N uses Mustafa al-gamal engagement update on the latest tuition in Sri Lanka while out. Course can't imagine. The boot is one of incredible shock and fear at the same time. We are talking about over three hundred ten. Dead in one day and over four hundred plus by one hundred and forty plus injures. So it's massive shocked for the psyche of a of a country that has just come out of thirty years of civil war just ten years ago. This is the time for warning really for those who have lost their life funeral are being held today and tomorrow that is the considerable fear as anger rises for a backlash. So and and and and the certain group certain group could be targeted as as a result of that was all I mean communities on the grounds. I think are still in the state of shocker now, the police and the armed forces have been deployed across the provinces. I have to say a religious I'm saying now have been very safe, but like and have been calling. For peace and call all the religious leaders, cutting across faith group have come together to call for peace and calm and the government together with the community are organizing the funeral, and I understand that also of the Muslim communities have been supporting the churches in also setting up the few roads, so lots of computer pools, but at the same time that it's like looks of fear as when awaiting the backlash Mishan as a resident good Nader. What have you done since that tax happened an intimacy free time community on and so I mean in my capacity as Representative of the secretary general I have with the practice the practice article Vander religiously to convey our condolences, and I particularly spoke to the in and I'm hoping to be attentive some of the funerals of some of the families if. Situation allows us, but I'm very closely all together with my t Bonner three the security at the political situation closely because ensuring the safety of the UN soft and chewy that the UN country team are also working together. So I agree on security measures for the UN. Also, very critical to keep the softer you and the shape of your either forms of the political development and also to provide our analysis off the grounds of the situation. But also to ask for the globe the analysis from their sites site is when we are older the week forward planning to put in place communications strategy. That speaking of the with the UN speaking as wants to build a narrative of these. I think this would be one of our hosts before the next step with this regard. We are also a lot of social media to track hates the speeches. And they're Li I think with the Facebook share information to counsel, the spread of hate speech. Some so at some ages is of course, important Natick with agencies as well. So some agencies on the ground like, for example, Uni south is. Because the debts of children is horrific. It's over forty five children have been killed this attack at a forty five children. Yes. And we are afraid that this could dry even so stuff is providing medical supplies as requested by the hospital for treating inter children and families and both unique set up your to all out also working off providing sacrifice. Sial I eight program for the families who have be impacted or with the violence. But of course, now, this is the times that we also we will be needing long-term psychosocial support and counselling services to the communities. So this is like I would I eight and the action that we have done, you know, it's just the day since the terrible horrific events and misanthropic. Are you talked about written to social media to combat hate speech on on their platform? Do you have any concern about the government clampdown on social media into your Lunka? Well, you know, they for we have to just a experience it county in arch twenty eighteen where the government has really had worked. Well, try to not the clap those controlling the social media to control the take the at. If I think violence, unfortunately, this has been you know, sort of you have been used to spread take us and for inside violence. So these are sued measure sake adopted by the government to put an immediate talks and control of the current the current"