Sri Lanka Rallies After ‘Black Sunday’ But Anger Threatens Further Violence

Outside Sri Lanka’s dilapidated national hospital in central Colombo, Rajan Wijesena leaned against a pillar, wailing uncontrollably.

Inside, his older brother was clinging to life.

“It’s not good, he is in the ICU,” said the young man from the southern city of Galle. “He is 90 per cent dead.”

Mr Wijesena, 29, dressed in ripped jeans and sandals, learnt of his brother’s condition when the Shangri-La Hotel appeared on a television screen on Sunday.

His brother, 32, worked as a room service attendant at the five-star hotel, which was one of three luxury resorts attacked by suicide bombers on Sunday.

The attackers killed nearly 300 people in those blasts and five others at three churches, a guesthouse and a residence north of Colombo, in a day already referred to by some Sri Lankans as “Black Sunday”.

As Mr Wijesena continued sobbing, bystanders approached to console him as ambulances screeched along the road.

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