Photographer's Note

Recently, we were shocked by two tragic events. First, the fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Who of us didn't watch with horror the fight of the firemen?
The emotions were very big. The whole world offered help and support. In just 24 hours, wealthy business owners and multinational companies donated an eye-watering €700million. (But many people are questioning the real reasons behind this generosity, arguing tax relief and good publicity may have pushed some of these billionaires to open their purses.) As many people visited Notre Dame each year (13 million), there was a shower of photos. Also on TE appeared amy pictures fo ND (also mine).
On Sunday we hard about the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. More than 300 people were killed and at least 500 wounded in the deadliest attack in the island nation since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.
The blasts targeted three churches, as well as four hotels - including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and the Cinnamon Grand - in the capital Colombo. Nearly all victims were Sri Lankan. Dozens of foreigners were also killed.
This time the impact was very small. Only a few photos appeared on TE and very few comments.

I both cases I thought immediately about Christchurch in New Zealand. The city was in large extent destroyed in an earthquake in 2011. The cathedral was badly damaged, lost the tower with the spire and is still in ruins. Another tragedy hit the town recently - The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019. The attacks killed 50 people and injured 50 others.

"The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament.

I have very few pictures from Christchurch, the views were very sad and I was there a short time. Here the artwork "Chalice" on the Cathedral square.
Chalice has a primary hexagonal steel structure and a solid steel conical base. Native leaf patterns are cut from aluminium sheet, welded to custom-made triangular beam structures, and then bolted into position on the frame. Sculptor Neil Dawson was commissioned to produce a major contemporary, public artwork for Christchurch.
In Workshop, the view of the Town Hall in the same square. Still surrounded by a fence.

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