Category Archives: Emergencies in Sri Lanka
By Dolores Bachmann, Caritas Emergency Response Team Leader, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Caritas is providing much needed food and other assistance to the many displaced in Vavuniya and Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka.
More than 188,000 people have now crossed into government-controlled areas and are in camps in Vavuniya , Jaffna and Trincomalee. Up to 1,700 injured people have been transferred to various hospitals in Mannar, Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, Colombo.
Caritas is providing food for over 7,000 people in seven camps in Jaffna Diocese and some 12,500 in Manic Farm Zone 1 in the Diocese of Mannar. The planning, procurement and logistical challenges of providing food for so many are daunting and requires collaboration with the authorities, UN agencies and other NGOs working in the area.
Fr. Vasanthaseelan, sustanied serious injuries in shelling on Thursday 23rd April, in Valaignarmadam area and his left leg was amputed and needed further urgent medical treatment.
We have received the informationl that Fr. Vasanthaseelan has been transferred today to Colombo General Hospital for further medical treatment.
Representatives of four non-governmental organizations yesterday called on the United Nations to speak out on the situation in northern Sri Lanka and urged the Security Council to take up the matter under the concept of “responsibility to protect”.
Speaking at a Headquarters press conference where they discussed the situation in and around the “no-fire zone” in northern Sri Lanka -– where Government forces are poised to overrun positions held by rebel fighters of the Liberation of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -– were Joseph Cornelius Donnelly of Caritas Internationalis; Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch; Robert Templer of the International Crisis Group; and Nimmi Gowrinathan of Operation USA. James Traub of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect was available to answer questions. The press conference was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations.
Thankfully this story has a happy ending.
Her mother was wounded in the tummy when still carrying Baby S on 2 March. She went into labour a few days later and the beautiful Baby S was born last week.
Health staff noticed that the child had a shell piece in her left thigh. The newborn underwent a small surgery immediately after her birth before her first feed and is doing well.
Amdist the death and destruction, one good news story maybe can make people realise the madness of war.
(Real names, dates, and locations have been concealed to safeguard all involved.)
The Bishop of Jaffna and clergy from the Jaffna peninsula, are holding a hunger strike to draw attention to the thousands of men, women and children caught up in fighting in north eastern Sri Lanka.
A fierce battle, between the security forces of the Government of Sri Lanka and The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has left an estimated 250,000 people trapped in a pocket of land in the Vanni.
We’d like to share this happy news.
Atputharajah is a blind boy. He came to Caritas Sri Lanka’s branch in Jaffna in the north for educational assistance with his mother in 1999. They are from a very poor family.
Fr.Jeyakumar’s brother Jeevan helped his education from then till his graduation through Hudec- Caritas Jaffna.
Atputharajah is the first blind Tamil lawyer in Sri Lanka. He got the highest (more than 80 marks) in one of his subjects and receiving an award too.
We are so proud of him and so happy to share his success in life with all the supporters of Caritas.
Fr.Jeyakumar and staff
HUDEC Caritas Jaffna