» 09/10/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Civil society in Sri Lanka: freedom for Tamil refugees and true democracy
Demonstration in Colombo of the newborn People's Movement for Freedom and Democracy. The movement brings together Christian leaders of the island, human rights activist and NGO workers. They are demanding the release of refugees, more power to local governments and an economic policy that protects workers.
27/10/2008 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka unaware of the fate of the population in war-torn areas
Much of the country does not know the real conditions in which northerners live. The Christian Solidarity Movement is trying to raise funds and awareness despite politicians’ intimidation. Ordinary people pay closer attention to the movement’s campaigns. Its coordinator, Father Iddamalgoda, complains about the “lack of democracy”.
14/09/2009 SRI LANKA
Sisters aid elderly Tamil refugees destroyed by war
At Vankalai in Mannar district, there is a shelter that houses 26 elderly people. It is one of three Elders Home supported by the diocese of the city in the north. Sr Kanagasabai., centre director: "They are in the bitter position of receiving care and attention while their children and relatives are suffering in the camps."
21/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Catholics and Anglicans remember Father Killi, martyr of war
For friends and fellow clergymen Father Killi, a Claretian, is an example of Sinhalese-Tamil reconciliation. “Until the end he deeply believed that an actual solution could be found only through an ongoing dialogue” between the two groups, Father Iddamalgoda said.
17/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Groups of Christians from the south visit war refugees in Vavuniya
The initiative is organized by the Christian Solidarity Movement, which intends to repeat the trip each week. The intention is to show a concrete sign of solidarity to war victims, and to knock down the wall of hostility between Sinhalese and Tamils, built over 25 years of conflict. AsiaNews has interviewed Fr. Sarath Iddamalgod, one of the project organizers.
22/04/2008 SRI LANKA
Tamils’ daily misery in northern refugee camps
A group of Christian and Buddhist clerics manage to visit Mannar, a restricted area where the war rages, to visit refugee camps. A priest describes the daily abuses Tamils endured at the hands of the military, which is bent on winning the war but not avoiding future conflicts.
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