Following a series of attacks on Muslim owned shops and mosques in Sri Lanka, authorities responded quickly with a curfew and nationwide social media ban. But the attacks are representative of the fear and distrust Muslims across the island have been facing since Easter Sunday. In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government had taken measures to prevent unidentified groups from orchestrating communal violence. That peace has already shown signs of being disturbed via backlash on social media and brewing tensions in Muslim areas. One of the starkest examples of anti-Muslim sentiment is in the city of Negombo, where hundreds of Muslim refugees, mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, fled their homes. Negombo was hit hard by the Easter Sunday attacks, where one of the suicide bombers killed more than 100 people.
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