» 01/23/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
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.
08/02/2008 SRI LANKA
Anglican Church: Both government and Tigers responsible for the massacre of civilians
After the wave of attacks and bombings against civilians, the bishop of Colombo, Duleep de Chickera, appeals to the parties in conflict to spare the civilians, especially the children. A call to the population for calm, and for peaceful coexistence.
10/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Religious personnel under Wanni bombings
Hundreds of thousands of people are trapped in the war zone. There is a lack of food in Wanni: over the past 10 days, only 8 aid trucks have been sent for 250,000 people. No one can enter the refugee centers managed by the government.
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.
19/12/2008 SRI LANKA
Bishops request Christmas ceasefire. Sri Lankan government says no
Catholic and Anglican bishops are asking for a ceasefire to alleviate the situation for civilians. For the army, the condition is that the Tigers lay down their weapons. The appeal asks both parties for the creation of a buffer zone, in collaboration with the Red Cross. Meanwhile, the offensive continues in the northern part of the island.
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.
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