Friday, May 29, 2009

Aid Slowly Reaching Sri Lanka’s War Refugees

NEW DELHI — Eleven days after the Sri Lankan government declared victory over Tamil rebels in the country’s north, aid organizations are slowly beginning to get freer access to the 265,000 civilians displaced by the fighting, according to aid officials in the region, but not quickly enough to meet the vast needs.

Sri Lankan officials have eased restrictions on vehicle traffic in the camps, allowing workers from organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders, better access to the ethnic Tamils displaced by the fighting who are living in sprawling and squalid camps, according to aid workers. Full text