Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SRI LANKA: Smooth resettlement of IDPs in east

COLOMBO, 12 November 2008 (IRIN) - More than 150,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their former villages in the east over the past year, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The displacement in 2008 of some 230,000 people in the northern part of the country under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has overshadowed the largely peaceful resettlement of significant numbers of IDPs to their villages in the east, the agency said in a statement released on 6 November.

"Sri Lanka's east experienced a similar wave of displacement two years ago when government forces regained LTTE-held territories in the region," UNHCR said. "By the end of March 2007, some 170,000 people were reportedly displaced across Batticaloa and Trincomalee Districts." Full Text
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