Friday, November 14, 2008

Sri Lanka: as rains arrive, ICRC steps up help for civilians fleeing conflict in the Vanni

Tens of thousands of civilians from the Vanni remain displaced after fleeing fighting between government security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"Security and stability are a pressing concern for displaced people in the Vanni. Many of them have had to flee several times since hostilities escalated in July", said Hicham Mandoudi, head of ICRC operations in the Vanni. "What these displaced people want is a place where they can stabilize their lives. They’re exhausted after moving from one place to another, each time leaving behind more of their belongings."

The ICRC is still the only international humanitarian organization permanently present in the Vanni, where the organization operates with the agreement of both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. Full Text