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For Sri Lanka grave digger, a grim parade

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PRIYASRI Gunasena rarely digs more than one grave a day at the Madampitiya cemetery in Sri Lanka’s capital.

On Tuesday, two days after the deadly Easter bomb attacks, he had dug 10 by mid-afternoon.

“This has been the busiest time — even during the war, it wasn’t so busy — only the odd funeral for a soldier,” he said, referring to the country’s bloody and decades-long Tamil insurgency.

On an average day at the Colombo cemetery, Gunasena cuts the grass, checks the condition of the graves, and if needed, digs a fresh burial site.

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But after Islamists carried out a string of attacks on Sunday, which authorities now say killed more than 250 people, the coffins have not stopped coming.

“Police have not released all the remains yet but I think we will be busy for a while,” he said as he dug his tenth grave of the day.

Pakistani Christian students pray as they attend a memorial service for victims of the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, at Fatima Church in Islamabad on April 25, 2019.........

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