Sunday, January 18, 2009

Civilians face increasing risk amid Sri Lanka fighting, UN Humanitarian Chief

New York, Friday

(TI)The United Nations is increasingly concerned for the well-being of tens of thousands of civilians caught up in the conflict raging in the Northern Vanni area of Sri Lanka pitting Government forces against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the world body’s humanitarian chief said today.

"As fighting surrounds the areas towards which families have been displaced, and with few choices about where to move, they are increasingly susceptible to harm due to the fighting," Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said in a statement. Full Text