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» 08/04/2012
SRI LANKA
Sisters of the Holy Family aid Mullikulam refugees
by Melani Manel Perera
For the first time, 215 families have received medical and food aid: rice, flour, milk powder, soap and medicines. Driven from their village in the district of Mannar 20 years ago, Tamil Catholics now live in a jungle, with no chance of work.

Mannar (AsiaNews) - For the first time since they were forced to live in a jungle, the Mullikulam refugees have received a huge load of aid, thanks to the Sisters of the Holy Family. Through a collection that involved several people in the Colombo Province, on 2 August Sr. Deepa Fernando and Sr. Pearly Augusta brought 215 families, rice, sugar, flour and different types of cereal, milk and powdered tea, biscuits and noodles, soap, medicines and first aid materials. "This - they told the displaced, all Tamil Catholics - is only the first of many visits. We will return, and not only with needed assistance."

Sister Deepa Fernando, from the Congregation's convent in Colombo, says: "When we discovered these people's story, I heard something snap inside of me. I wanted to give practical meaning to the prayer 'Our Father', which we recite every day. So I informed my sisters in the Colombo Province, who encouraged me. Together, we have been given to do this. "Through word of mouth in their communities, the sisters were able to collect the goods, food and medical aid they delivered on 2 August.

Driven from their village 20 years ago, for over a month these IDPs (Internally Displaced People) have been relegated to the jungle Marichchikattu, home to mosquitoes, elephants and snakes, with no possibility of fishing or cultivating the land. In theory, their transfer to this forest is part of the Government resettlement program provided for civil war refugees.

 

 


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See also
09/14/2009 SRI LANKA
Sisters aid elderly Tamil refugees destroyed by war
by Melani Manel Perera
04/17/2009 SRI LANKA
Groups of Christians from the south visit war refugees in Vavuniya
by Melani Manel Perera
06/04/2013 SRI LANKA
Battuluoya, a parish reborn thanks to the nuns love
by Melani Manel Perera
09/16/2009 INDIA - SRI LANKA
Tamil Nadu, prayer and fasting for refugees in Sri Lanka
by Nirmala Carvalho
11/18/2009 SRI LANKA
UN: Tamil 163 thousand still confined in refugee camps
by Melani Manel Perera

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