Stop the human tragedy in Vanni! Say bishops.

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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.

The bishops have released a statement in solidarity with the embattled people of Jaffna and requested that immediate action be taken to stop the tragedy. The hunger strike is now in its sixth day.

Even though the Government of Sri Lanka has told the people to leave the area as it cannot guarantee their safety, it is not clear how they can do this.

In their statement, the bishops point out that 80 people were killed and 230 injured in the government safety zones over a 48-hour period. They have requested that immediate action be taken to stop the human tragedy.

Aid agencies report that the fighting is making it impossible to deliver vital aid to people caught in the cross fire.

Priests and sisters from Caritas Sri Lanka are standing alongside the thousands of people who have been forced to flee their homes.

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The fifth day fasting and prayer was conducted in the Christ the King Church, Koiyathoddam, Jaffna. People say the Rosary and offer prayers to God that the suffering of their compatriots will stop.

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Fasting and Prayer the second day included the participation of Hindhu Priest Nallai Athena Muthalvar.

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Filed under Advocacy, Asia, Conflicts and Disasters, Emergencies, Emergencies in Sri Lanka, Peacebuilding, Sri Lanka

One response to “Stop the human tragedy in Vanni! Say bishops.

  1. please keep us informed as we are considering making press releases in Canada and raising funds for the humanitarina crises.

    Development and peace
    Caritas Canada

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