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ICRC Overview of Operations 2003

This document supplements the ICRC's Headquarters Appeal 2003and contains:
  • an overview of the ICRC's operations in 2003
  • a description of its presence in the field
  • a breakdown of its operational organization
  • a description of its target populations
  • a concise description of its programmes
  • a brief description of its 63 delegations
  • overall budget amounts
  • overall budget and budgets by programme for each delegation
The ICRC's operations in 2003 and the respective budget figures are presented in detail
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Disaster reduction in mountainous areas in Sri Lanka: failures and successes

Asian Disaster Management News Vol. 8, No. 4 October-December 2002

With the opening up of its economy in the mid-1980s, Sri Lanka saw rapid development and growth, especially in the hill regions. It was also during this period that the country witnessed an escalation in landslide disasters and therefore the two events have been linked. To cite an example, in 1986 following unprecedented rain, more than 51 lives were lost, 10,000 families were rendered homeless and most development plans in the troubled areas came to a grinding halt. Even

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South Asia Appeal No. 01.24/2002 Programme Update No. 2

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information:
Appeal Target CHF 2,948,770. Budget revised to CHF 2,964,976
Period covered: I July- 15 December 2002;


Appeal coverage 60%

Related Appeals: Annual Appeal 2002: 01.25/02 Afghanistan, 01.26/02 Bangladesh, 01.27 Nepal, 01.28/02 Pakistan and 01.29/02 Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka: Perspectives on peace from Jaffna Dec 2002


Social Indicator (SI) carried out its Study of Public Perceptions in the Jaffna peninsular for the third time in 2002. SI is an independent research organization, operating under the Board of Directors of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA).

While capturing the views and beliefs of people on the peace process, this study also reaches out to cover issues such as the cost of living, education and health.

The survey carried out between 10 -- 14 December 2002 in the Jaffna, Nallur, Valikamam, Vadamarachchi and

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Sri Lanka Floods Information Bulletin No. 1

This bulletin is for information only. The Federation is not seeking any funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.
The Situation

Heavy North East monsoon rains have caused flooding in the lowland districts in the North Central and North Eastern provinces in Sri Lanka. The districts of Batticoala, Ampara, Trincomalee, Kilinochchi, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapra were severely affected. There has been continuous heavy rainfall for a week. According to forecasts, rains may continue up to January, but the heaviest falls have already subsided.

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Rebels accuse S.Lanka army of upsetting peace bid

By Scott McDonald

COLOMBO, (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels accused the Sri Lankan military on Thursday of undermining the island's peace process in their toughest verbal attack since a truce to stop two decades of war was signed in February.

The Tigers said demands by the Sri Lanka Army that the rebels disarm as a condition for the relaxation of the military's high security zones in the north and east "has a diabolical motive of disrupting the current peace effort".

After the two sides met on a subcommittee

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The year in review: Good news, bad news

GENEVA, Dec. 26 (UNHCR) - They returned by foot or occasionally on horseback. They came jammed in pickups, on motor scooters and buses. Groups of families surrounded by donkeys, suitcases, satellite dishes and huge wooden beams from their old homes, perched precariously atop convoys of trucks resembling overcrowded fairground gondolas swathed in a kaleidoscope of colors.
Following 23 years of war and the worst drought in living memory, travellers were often greeted on their return with scenes drawn from Dante's Inferno. "Look at my hair. It went
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High Security Zones issue : Plan being prepared to resettle civilians

The Sub-committee on De-escalation and Normalisation comprising government and LTTE representatives have decided to resettle civilians in a limited geographical area within a High Security Zone in the Jaffna Peninsula, senior government officials said yesterday.

The resettlement will be done according to an integrated plan currently being prepared that will ensure the safety of the civilians concerned as well as the security of the military installations, these officials said. The plan includes de-mining the area and the restoration of essential services.

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Floods in eastern districts in Sri Lanka

World Vision
by Dilhani Thantirimudalige - Communications Associate
Torrential rains have displaced nearly 20,000 people in the eastern province of Sri Lanka. The rising water levels of the Mahaweli River have caused people in the affected areas to flee to nearby schools for refuge.

According to the Batticaloa district secretary, over 70,000 families in the district have been economically affected due to the flood situation.

The latest reports from eastern Area Development Programs indicate the water levels have decreased 50% as the

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ICBL Landmine Update Dec 2002

The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines quarterly newsletter. This edition is followed by a calendar of upcoming events (available online). To date, 130 countries have ratified the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and an additional 16 have signed it. The most recent accessions are Afghanistan (11 September), Comoros (19 September) and Central African Republic (8 November), while recent ratifications include Cameroon (19 September) and Gambia (23 September).

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Sri Lanka - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0232
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Sri Lanka - Floods
19 December 2002

This report is based on information received from the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) delegation in Sri Lanka as well as media reports.


1. Heavy rain has affected the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and parts of the North Central Province for the past few days, leading to flooding in the Batticaloa district, located in the

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New country strategy for Sri Lanka

Today the Government has decided on a new country strategy for development cooperation with Sri Lanka for the period 2003-2007.

The negotiations in progress between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been successful so far and inspire hope that peace will finally be reached after the deadly civil war that has plagued the country since 1983.

The Minister for Development Cooperation, Migration and Asylum Policy, Jan O. Karlsson, congratulates the parties to the conflict on the progress made so far in the peace negotiations and

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Sri Lankans hand over 1.1 million signatures for a landmine ban

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(Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-Dec-2002) - In January 2002, as a part of its advocacy events, the Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines (Inter Religious Peace Foundation) launched a "Citizens Anti-landmines petition" aimed at obtaining 2 million signatures from citizens appealing to the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to accede to the Ottawa Treaty, and calling upon the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop using antipersonnel landmines. By November 2002, this initiative had collected over one million signatures and represented
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Press conference by Special Representative of Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

At a United Nations Headquarters Press Conference today, Olara Otunnu, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, launched a new report, in which the Secretary-General provides for the Security Council's review a list of parties in conflict situations who continue to recruit and use child soldiers.
Olara Otunnu told correspondents this afternoon that the report (document S/2002/1299), which lists 23 parties
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Thousands homeless after Sri Lanka floods

COLOMBO, Dec 17 (AFP) - Over 70,000 families have been made homeless in eastern Sri Lanka due to floods after heavy rains, local officials said Tuesday.

The district of Batticaloa was the worst affected with over 60,000 families forced to leave their flooded homes, officials said, adding that heavy rain had lashed the region for four straight days.

Government officials said they had mobilised volunteers to help provide flood victims with temporary shelter and food.

aj/an/rcw SriLanka-floods AFP

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UN Child soldiers report provides foundation for action

New York City - Non-governmental organisations campaigning against the use of child soldiers today welcomed the UN Secretary-General's new report but called for follow up action on the UN list naming those parties using children in conflicts.

"We welcome the Secretary-General's naming of those parties recruiting and using child soldiers and see this

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European Commission grants €2 million in humanitarian aid for victims of landmines in Sri Lanka

Brussels,13 December 2002

The European Commission has adopted a humanitarian aid decision worth €2 million to help victims of landmines in the war-affected areas of Sri Lanka. The aid is being channelled through ECHO, the Humanitarian Aid Office of the European Commission, which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson.

Commenting on the decision, Commissioner Nielson said: "After almost twenty years of war, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans now wish to return to their homes. The presence of huge

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Secretary-General's report lists parties to conflict using child soldiers

SG/2082, HR/4635
NEW YORK, 13 December (Office of SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict) - In a major development, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has submitted a report for consideration by the Security Council listing parties to conflicts on the Council's agenda that continue to recruit and use child soldiers. The list, says the Secretary-General in his report, represents "an
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Emergency grant aid to Sri Lanka for internally displaced persons

1. On December 13 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend an emergency grant aid of about 1,620,000 dollars to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as emergency assistance for Sri Lankan returnees.

2. In Sri Lanka, a civil war which had continued for about 20 years gave rise to more than 800,000 internally displaced persons, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the country which were conflict areas. By September this year, more than 180,000 returned to their homes on their own.

The internally displaced persons in Sri