» 09/24/2008, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Appeal from Sri Lanka bishops on behalf of war victims
The episcopal conference decries the sufferings of the displaced, without shelter or food. And it calls upon the army and the Tamil Tigers to "respect the lives of civilians" and guarantee "humanitarian corridors" in order to move them into more secure areas.
07/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Situation worsens for civilians in Wanni
About 250,000 refugees have nothing, and it is almost impossible to reach them with food. The only functioning hospital has been bombed, and its patients removed.
27/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Massacre of civilians, bishop of Jaffna calls for extension of buffer zone
Hundreds of civilians dead, killed even in the "safety zone." The army and the Tamil Tigers are trading accusations. Bishop of Jaffna: the buffer zone must be extended immediately and respected, to save many lives.
23/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Columbo army creates safe zone for civilians fleeing war
The head of the military in Vanni meets with the head of the Red Cross to plan access and protection of civilians in the area. Catholic and Anglican bishops express appreciation for the army's decision, and call upon the Tamil Tigers not to violate the area with attacks against soldiers and refugees.
23/04/2009 INDIA - SRI LANKA
Bishop of Chennai: nothing can justify the massacre underway in Sri Lanka
Archbishop Chinnappa denounces the resignation of the international community. The Church of India prays for peace, and calls for a political solution to the conflict. "We are with the Tamils living in Sri Lanka, and those dispersed all over the world."
19/03/2009 SRI LANKA
Religious visit the refugees, prisoners in the camps
A delegation from the Conference of Major Religious Superiors visits refugees in Vavuniya. They describe a dramatic situation in the account sent to the bishops, and call for an action of solidarity from the Church on the national level. It is not enough to collect food and money, missions must be conducted among the population in the north.
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