WEST RICHLAND, Wash-- It has been over a week since close to 200 hundred lives were lost in a three day attack in Mumbai. Sunday was the first gathering at the Hindu Community Center since the violence broke out.
Dozens gathered for a moment of silence and prayer to remember those lost. One member of the Hindu Society says today service was a chance to bring awareness, open communication, talk. He also says the attacks have shaken some confidence about returning to India, but hopes today will help bring a better peace of mind to everyone.
"We want to go and see the relations," says Ragi Rao, program chairman of the Hindu Society. "We can't bring everybody here. We have to go and see them and talk to them. Father, mother, sisters, brothers who are in Bombay. Some people are affected by this, some people are not. We talked to some people who are okay, some people are not okay. So this kind of a situation, what we can do is send a prayer to help us out."
The group also talked about promoting world peace and about violence outside of Mumbai, something many agree needs to be addressed.