» 02/07/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
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.
13/03/2009 SRI LANKA
Bishop of Jaffna: more than 100,000 civilians risk annihilation
They are trapped in the no-fire zone on the coastline in the district of Mullaitivu. During the first 10 days of March, the hospital of Puthumaththalan admitted 964 wounded, and 119 have died, 40 of them children. The bishop is calling for a plan of emergency. And to the Tamil rebels he says: "This is the last chance."
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.
19/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Church of Colombo collects food and medicine for refugees from north
An appeal from the archbishop, to "express our concern and solidarity with victims of the war on both sides at this juncture in a more concrete manner." The project is coordinated by Caritas-Seth Sarana. The products collected will be sent to refugee centers in the area of Vavuniya and Kilinochchi managed by the local dioceses.
24/09/2008 SRI LANKA
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.
26/11/2008 SRI LANKA
Situation worsens for 300,000 refugees in Wanni
In a war zone, people are living in temporary shelters with little food and little health care. There is even a lack of drinking water, and the risk of disease is growing. Humanitarian organizations criticize the government, and call for the sending of international observers.
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