internally displaced people

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S.Lanka seeks help in dismantling Tigers' network

Article Date: 
31 May 2009

But Bogollagama said the campaign to crush the rebels was a model for others to follow.

"Sri Lanka will, no doubt, enter the annals of history as a classic textbook example of a nation that successfully prevailed over the scourge of terrorism, whilst tenaciously upholding the cherished values of democracy and human rights that have been deeply engraved in the psyche of our people," he said.

Article Author: 
Philip Lim
Article Source: 
AFP

UN supports Sri Lanka aid effort

Article Date: 
27 May 2009

The United Nations Human Rights Council has offered support to Sri Lanka's humanitarian efforts as it recovers from its war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

However, the emergency session resolution did not mention granting UN aid agencies full access to the 300,000 displaced people in army-run camps.

Article Source: 
BBC

Sri Lanka eases restrictions at biggest camp: U.N.

Article Date: 
27 May 2009

Sri Lanka's government has relaxed restrictions on motor vehicles in the country's largest refugee camp that had hampered aid distribution, though the needs of people there remain acute, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently visited the Manik Farm refugee camp, where some 220,000 people displaced by the fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces in northeastern Sri Lanka have been relocated.

Article Author: 
Louis Charbonneau
Article Source: 
Reuters

Sri Lanka urged at U.N. to ensure aid reaches Tamils

Article Date: 
27 May 2009

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has evacuated 14,000 sick and wounded people and their families from the Sri Lankan war zone since February, said it still did not have full access to its military-run camps for displaced people.

ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger cited huge needs for aid and medical care for those sheltering in facilities such Manik Farm, which holds about 210,000 people.

It is "still not clear" whether Sri Lanka will allow aid workers to reach people needy help, Kellenberger said. "We are in discussions with them," he told a news conference in Geneva.

Article Source: 
Reuters

Help Pakistan's Internally Displaced Refugees

By: on 27 May 2009

The Pakistan Army’s recent military incursion against the Taliban in the Malakand region has internally displaced about 1.8 million Pakistanis. The IDPs have fled to make-shift camps, some as far as Karachi, and are suffering from hunger-related health problems and mental trauma.

No Victory in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
27 May 2009

Even after declaring victory in Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, the country’s leaders seem unable to distinguish between the enemy — the brutal but apparently vanquished Tamil Tiger separatists — and innocent bystanders. Despite appeals from Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, and from others, the government has not given international aid organizations full access to government-run camps, where an estimated 280,000 civilians are said to be in desperate need of food, water and medical care.

Article Source: 
New York Times

Sri Lanka: Displaced Tamils seek missing family

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

Aid agencies have warned that a lack of sanitation and adequate medicine was allowing disease like hepatitis to spread.

Indeed, many of the inmates interviewed at Manik Farm said their children were suffering from diarrhea and other illnesses that stem from tainted water. One woman held up her baby who she said had diarrhea for three days. When she took him to the camp clinic the doctor said the child was fine and sent her away, she said.

Article Author: 
Ravi Nessman
Article Source: 
Associated Press

Sri Lanka urges surrender of rebel suspects

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

Sri Lanka's police chief on Tuesday urged "people who have links to terrorist activities" to surrender at the nearest police station or army camp.

The call came from chief Jayantha Wickremaratne as government security forces and police pressed on in their search for rebel suspects in the capital, Colombo, its suburbs and principal towns.

Article Source: 
CNN

Sri Lanka Wants Partners Not Monitors of Post-War Aid

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Assistance must be “according to the wishes of the people of Sri Lanka,” Basil Rajapaksa, senior presidential adviser, said, according to the government’s Web site. “We don’t want ‘monitors,’ we need partners...”

“The international community must understand that it is we, the people of this country, who had to endure this problem” of terrorism, Basil Rajapaksa said in an interview. “There is nobody else who understands the repercussions and the sufferings.”

Article Author: 
Paul Tighe, Jay Shankar
Article Source: 
Bloomberg

Scorched earth, craters mark Sri Lanka's war zone

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

Civilians who escaped the zone said they came under intense shelling from both the rebels and the government.

"We ran for our lives from the shelling in the north," said one man who gave his name as Krishnathurai. "It was coming from both sides, the Tamil Tigers and the military, and we were stuck in the middle."

Article Author: 
John Heilprin
Article Source: 
Associated Press
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