» 08/28/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Religious sisters in Sri Lanka refugee camps among Tamil refugees
Twenty nuns working in centers and hospitals around Vavuniya. Sister Fatima Nayaki, head of the group, says: "The only desire of every refugee is to begin a new life with dignity and freedom."
26/01/2005 SRI LANKA
Violence against women continues after the tsunami
Women's rights groups sound the alarm bell about the violence and rape that are taking place across the country.
10/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Religious personnel under Wanni bombings
Hundreds of thousands of people are trapped in the war zone. There is a lack of food in Wanni: over the past 10 days, only 8 aid trucks have been sent for 250,000 people. No one can enter the refugee centers managed by the government.
28/05/2009 SRI LANKA
UN gives full backing to President Rajapaksa
The United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a resolution in favour of the government of Sri Lanka: army is no longer accused of war crimes; the conflict was an “internal question that did not justify external interference”. Access to refugee camps for Humanitarian Organisations will take place as Colombo government “sees fit”.
25/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Six priests held prisoner and in solitary confinement in refugee camps
Four priests of the diocese of Jaffna and 2 OMI missionaries who lived among the Tamil population until the last moments of the war. The conditions are on the verge of collapse and humanitarian organizations have their hands tied. The Army oversees the refugees in search of traces of the Tamil Tigers.
29/07/2009 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan government asks Caritas for assistance to help 10,000 refugees
The Catholic charity is now helping 83,000 war victims. In order to cope with the new request it will use funds from donations the Pope put aside for humanitarian aid.
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