» 05/27/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Father Sarathjeevan dies on the last day of fighting among refugees in the No Fire Zone
The 41-year-old Tamil priest was one of seven clergymen who stayed till the end with refugees trapped in the war zone. His friend and educator Father Manuelpillai remembers him. He spent his last days in a bunker, concerned that he could say Mass.
21/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Army issues ultimatum to Tamil Tigers
Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry says rebels have been checkmated, announces final assault. Army issues warning, calling on rebel forces to give up their weapons. Tens of thousands of civilians are in flight.
14/12/2009 SRI LANKA
Young Tamils and Sinhalese meet for peace and reconciliation
After decades of separation caused by war, teenagers from the two groups meet to share hopes in a programme for mutual acceptance and sharing.
12/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Jaffna bishop tells government that refugees must go home as soon as possible
About 300,000 refugees are still living in dismal conditions. The United Nations, the Red Cross and Caritas are the only humanitarian organisations allowed inside the camps, all other NGOs are off-limits. For the Venerable Thero, a Buddhist monk and head of the Vipassana Meditation Centre, “Sri Lanka does not need foreign plans or advice. We won the war and we did it by following our own plans.”
02/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Army takes Tiger Tamil headquarters in Kilinochchi
President Rajapaksa calls success a victory against world terrorism. LTTE rebels are now holed up in Mullaitivu jungle. In early celebrations in Colombo a suicide attacker kills three and wounds more than 30.
09/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Christians in the south pray for Tamil war victims
Initiative called ‘Hope for a distressed people’ is taken in Colombo. Apostolic nuncio visits Jaffma and expresses great concern for Tamils in Vanni area. Suicide attack occurs in a safe zone reception centre. Mingling with refugees, woman blows herself up, killing 23 and injuring 64.
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