Devastated by the news of the terrorist attacks targeting Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a leading American Muslim charity has launched a fundraising campaign to help the victims.
“We cannot allow community cohesion to be broken. As communities are hurting and need to be rebuilt, the least we can do is to offer our support to those who have been hurt and need some healing,” Muslim Aid USA wrote on Launchgood page.
Eight explosions took place on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, including in three Christian churches and three hotels, some commonly used by foreign visitors.
In addition to 207 people who were killed at least 450 were wounded, according to officials with police, the Colombo Hospital, and St. Sebastian Church.
Muslim Aid warned that the attacks were planned to ignite inter-communal violence.
“Whilst the identities of the perpetrators have yet to be confirmed; the attacks were designed to not only inflict maximum damage on a day when churches would be the most crowded, but the attacks were designed to ignite inter-communal violence,” the Islamic Charity wrote.
Till the time of writing, the page has raised more than $12,000 out of a targeted $20,000.
All fundraising proceeds will be distributed to the families of the 200+ dead directly through Muslim Aid USA.
Islam is a minority religion in the island nation of Sri Lanka which lies south of India in the Indian Ocean.
The world’s fastest-growing and second largest religion, Islam, represents no more than 9.66% in Sri Lanka, which means 1,997,361 persons only out of the country’s 21.2 million population are Muslims, according to 2012 census.