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Perspectivas / Perspectives

Death Toll over 300 in Sri Lanka Easter Attacks

  • The US and India had warned the Sri Lankan government of a planned attack weeks before this Easter terror attacks

  • Over 300 death and many hundreds more wounded

  • Attacks intensify on Christian communities in countries with a majority Muslim population

Colombo, Apr.22.– The death toll continues to rise with over 300 people dead as of Monday afternoon and around 500 others who were injured in eight coordinated attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Among the deceased were 39 tourists, including American citizens.

A government investigator says seven suicide bombers were behind the eight coordinated attacks that killed at least 290 people and injured 500 more across the island nation yesterday. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the violence — the deadliest since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war a decade ago — police say a militant group named National Thowfeek Jama'ath was behind the attacks.

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Al menos 49 muertos en un sangriento atentado contra musulmanes en Nueva Zelanda

La policía ha detenido a tres personas relacionadas con el ataque, uno de ellos es un extremista australiano de ultraderecha cuyo objetivo eran inmigrantes y refugiados.

Mar.15.– La última masacre de un pistolero en Nueva Zelanda se remonta al 13 de noviembre de 1990. Un medio local definió la tragedia como "algunas de las 23 horas más largas en la historia" de un país que -al contrario de escenarios como EEUU- nunca se ha significado por los sucesos de este tipo.

El estremecedor recuerdo de la matanza de la pequeña población de Aramoana, en la que 13 personas fueron abatidas por un residente local, reapareció este viernes de madrugada de forma devastadora en esa nación cuando varios individuos atacaron dos mezquitas de la ciudad Christchurch, la mayor ciudad de la Isla Sur del país, y se dedicaron a asesinar de forma meticulosa a decenas de feligreses congregados en esos recintos para asistir al rezo de los viernes, el más significado de esta religión.

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Syria Reaches a Grim Anniversary in March

Eight years of civil war. After half a million deaths, with 11.6 million people forced from home, what is daily life like inside Syria now?

Just one more family, among millions of displaced syriansJust one more family, among millions of displaced syriansFebruary 28.– For most Syrian families, the nightmare of constant bombing and gunfire has ceased. The government has largely retaken control, except for a last opposition stronghold around Idlib. But those who survived the shelling and snipers must now survive an uncertain peace.

With unexploded ordinance still littering Aleppo, only the main streets are safe, especially in the east. The UN deems the situation too risky for people to go home. Yet Caritas is witnessing an upsurge in returnees to Aleppo, with 2.25 million people in dire need living inside the gutted buildings.

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Una decisión histórica: El Vaticano expulsa del sacerdocio a excardenal McCarrick

La Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe condenó al excardenal y ex-arzobispo de Washington, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, por abusos sexuales a menores y adultos con agravante de abuso de poder.

Teodoro McCarrickTeodoro McCarrickVaticano, Feb. 16 (DP.net).– El antiguo arzobispo emérito de Washington Theodore McCarrick, de 88 años, acusado de abusos sexuales a menores y seminaristas, ha sido declarado culpable por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe de abusos con la agravante de abuso de poder, le anula su título cardenalicio y le impone la pena de la reducción al estado laical, es decir, la expulsión del sacerdocio.

La decisión llega tras una investigación que ordenó el papa Francisco. El Sumo Pontífice ya había apartado al arzobispo de sus funciones en el Colegio Cardenalicio mientras se aclaraban en un juicio canónico las acusaciones contra él.

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Cuba’s healthcare crisis deepens

The non-governmental organization CubaArchive.org released this report on the state of health in Cuba, which we reproduce below."

Cuba’s healthcare crisis deepens 8 years after mass manslaughter at Mazorra

Jan. 26.– In January, we especially remember the victims of a tragedy that should have never happened. On January 11th and 12th 2010, more than two dozen patients died of hypothermia at Havana’s Psychiatric Hospital known as “Mazorra.” The weather had turned unseasonably cold, with temperatures dropping to around 40 degrees F (4.4 degrees C). The facility had many broken and missing windows and the 2,500 severely malnourished and barely-clothed patients had no blankets.

After human rights’ defenders in Cuba alerted international public opinion, reporting close to 40 victims, the Ministry of Public Health issued a statement reporting 26 deaths and later declared that those responsible would be held accountable for the “failure to adopt timely measures to safeguard patients.” A security operative was put in place surrounding the hospital, its workers were instructed to stay silent, and no information was provided on the many patients hospitalized in critical condition.

The photographs in this report were taken at the Havana morgue where the bodies were delivered, then smuggled out of Cuba. 

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