A shoe of a victim is seen in front of St Anthony’s Shrine after an explosion in Colombo on Sunday [Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

Colombo, Sri Lanka – In a courtyard outside the mortuary, a doctor dressed in scrubs, white boots and hairnet sat at a table in front of a laptop. Around him, family members stared at the screen as he scrolled through a gory tableau of blood-stained faces, mangled limbs and twisted bodies.

The process of identifying the dead from Sri Lanka’s worst attacks in decades begins and ends here – the mortuary of Colombo’s National Hospital.

“It’s very difficult to identify the bodies,” Father Shelton Dias of the Archdiocese of Colombo told Al Jazeera. “They are so disfigured. With some of the children it’s

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