Breaking news: humedica helps refugees in Sri Lanka – official request by government representative

by SRI, 2009/05/17

In special camps, thousands of refugees are waiting for the fighting to end. Photo: REUTERS

They are placed in refugee camps where, unfortunately, the quality of care is inadequate. Several hundred thousand people from the north of Sri Lanka have been on the run from the civil war going on between government troops and the so-called Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE), which is becoming increasingly brutal.

Refugees, who in part have been evacuated, in part chose to flee voluntarily, are now waiting for the end of the bloody conflict. humedica has been asked for help by the government official in charge of the refugee camps.

Some days ago, humedica succeeded in carrying out a first distribution of relief supplies (clothing and hygiene packages) among 473 families (about 1,250 persons) in a school in Nellidaddy that is being used as a temporary reception camp. As a consequence, humedica has meanwhile received an official request to provide long-term care for theses families by the Government Agent (GA) of Jaffna, Mr. Kandiah Genesh, independently of the fact that a possible transfer of the whole camp to the region of Chavakachcheri is currently taken into consideration by the persons responsible.

Reverend Sam Rajasuriar, who has been humedica's executive director in Sri Lanka for 15 years, is now waiting for urgently needed funds that are necessary to realize the intended family care programme.

Refugees desperately need to be provided with relief goods - and medical care. Photo: REUTERS

Distributions planned include essential supplies such as blankets, clothes, food as well as medical aid, medicines or tablets for water disinfection to the amount of 184.000 Euros for the next three months.

A provisional application for financial support has already been submitted to the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Relief measures have already been put in practice and are carried out by the team of humedica in the north of the country. Numerous persons, especially on the heavily-disputed Jaffna-peninsula, need immediate help. Otherwise, a dramatic escalation of this humanitarian catastrophe is threatening.

humedica is urgently asking for specific donations to support the refugees during the weeks and months to come.

humedica e. V.
Reference "Refugee Aid Sri Lanka"
Account 47 47
Bank code 734 500 00
Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

Please do also make online donations for our refugee aid programme in Sri Lanka. Thank you very much for supporting us in any way.

People in a Sri Lankan refugee camp. Photo: REUTERS

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