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Sri Lanka: IDPs and Returnees Trends by District (as of 31 Dec 2007)

As of 9th December, 2007 the total number of Sri lankan refugees who arrived in Tamil Nadu, India since January 2006 is 20,309 persons (6,464 Families). (Source: UNHCR)
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Sri Lanka: Jaffna - Humanitarian Access (as of 1 Feb 2008)

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Sri Lanka warned it may suffer aid cut if war escalates

Sri Lanka's top donor, Japan, has warned it could cut off aid if the current fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels continues to escalate.

The warning by Japan's special peace envoy, Yasushi Akashi, came as both sides in the protracted conflict claimed to have the upper hand in fierce clashes in the northern Jaffna Peninsula.

Nearly a thousand people are reported to have died in the area since the start of January and the formal scrapping of a six-year-old ceasefire.

Japan provides nearly two-thirds of all

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Episcopal Relief and Development responds to civil unrest in Sri Lanka

Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to communities in Sri Lanka affected by ongoing civil unrest. At least 55 people were killed over the past weekend in the latest clash in a civil war that has been waging between the Sri Lankan Military and Tamil Tiger rebel forces since 1983.

In January, the government formally pulled out of a 2002 cease-fired due to a recent escalation in violence. Despite the truce, fighting had been ongoing in the north and east of Sri Lanka throughout its duration and the death toll in that time frame topped 5,000.

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Sri Lanka: Controversy over truckload of UNICEF biscuits ends

COLOMBO, 1 February 2008 (IRIN) - A UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) consignment of high-protein biscuits impounded by police a week ago on suspicion that it was going to the rebel Tamil Tigers has been released today.

The detention of the consignment, destined for malnourished children in northern Sri Lanka, came at a time of heightened security and scrutiny in the north as fighting between government forces and Tamil Tigers intensified.

The container with its driver and his assistant were stopped at Madavachchiya town, 150km from the capital, Colombo


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Chad + 6 others
CrisisWatch No. 54, 1 February 2008

Seven actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in January 2008, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch, released today.

Post-election violence in Kenya escalated, increasingly along ethnic lines. Over 900 have reportedly been killed since the 27 December presidential poll. At the same time, mediation efforts led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan gathered momentum.

In Chad, 300 rebel vehicles under apparent unified command advanced towards N'Djamena at the end of the month. Zimbabwe's

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Malteser International lent campaign 2008: 40 euros for Sri Lanka

Cologne. On Ash Wednesday, 6 February, Malteser International starts its Lent Campaign 2008: „40 Euros for Sri Lanka'. Until Easter, the water and sanitation engineer Suzanna Lipscombe will report on a weekly basis from Sri Lanka on her projects, the people she is working with and the situation in the South-Asian country. Since 2005, Malteser International has been supporting the reconstruction and rehabilitation after the tsunami in Sri Lanka. Next to the reconstruction of villages, the work of the organisation mainly focuses on water supply, wastewater treatment and hygiene education.
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TRO condemns Sri Lanka army DPU Claymore mine attack on civilians

Tamils Rehabilitation Organization(TRO) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the gruesome, terrorist attack by a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) on a civilian bus travelling to Paalampiddifrom Madhuat 2:25 on 29 November 2008. The attack killed 20 people, 11 of whom school children, and injured 14, eight of whom were children.

 As the victims are buried today, TRO wishes to convey our condolences to the victimsand their families. This attack has plunged the population of the entire region into mourning

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ACT Dateline Sri Lanka 01/08: Three years after tsunami, Sri Lanka rebuilds amid worsening war

By Paul Jeffrey/ACT International

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, January 18, 2008 - Three years ago, Susantha Jayalath survived the tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean and devastated the coast of Sri Lanka. He lost his fishing boat and nets, but within weeks he sold his wife's jewelry to make the down payment on a new boat. Then a war got in the way of earning a living, and life for Jayalath remains stalled long after the waves receded.

Jayalath's struggles reflect larger challenges that Sri Lanka has faced in the three years since the December 26, 2004,

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Hunger's global hotspots: 29 Jan 2008


In regions wracked by violence or submerged by floods, the first emergency is how to deliver enough food as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are some of the crises counted among WFP's "global hotspots".


- During the past week heavy snow fall and snow avalanches affected thousands of households, which led to deaths and losses of livestock in northern and western regions of Afghanistan. In Hirat province (western Afghanistan) 6,000 affected families were provided with 70 tonnes of WFP food assistance.

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Sri Lanka: Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts Situation Report # 111

24-31 Jan 2008

IDP trends as reported this week by GAs

Location Number of Families Number of Individuals
displaced before Dec 2005
displaced after Jan 2006
24,947 86,374
7,408 25,579
Kilinochchi 13,322 51,287
Mullaitivu 8,997 32,096
Vavuniya 3,027 10,643
Mannar 6,343 23,576
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Getting it done and doing it right - Implementing the monitoring and reporting mechanism on children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka


In July 2005, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1612. In addition to calling for other important measures to protect children, the Security Council requested that the Secretary-General establish a mechanism to monitor and report on violations of children's rights in situations of armed conflict. The implementation of the UN-led Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) is an important step in improving the protection of children affected by armed conflict. However, some challenges remain.

In an effort to address these challenges,

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Annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict

New York, 30 January 2008 - Ms. Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children and Armed Conflict presented the Annual Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict (A/32/609-S/2007/757) during a press conference today. It will be examined by the Security Council during its Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict that should take place on 12 February 2008.

The report highlights progress in the

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Generous US support aids millions of hungry poor

WASHINGTON, DC - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday welcomed major US government contributions for January totaling US$139 million. Three-quarters of the funding is aimed at critically food insecure populations that have suffered from prolonged conflict.

The latest donations, which will assist 15 countries, are from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), bringing total American contributions to WFP operations for the fiscal year to US$586 million. The United States is WFP's single-largest donor.

"The United States government has

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Child recruitment continues in over one dozen countries, reports Ban Ki-moon

UN News Service
The recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is taking place in more than one dozen countries around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states in a new report, calling for further measures to combat the scourge.

The practice continues in Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda, Mr. Ban notes in his latest report on children

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Australia funds overseas aid research

As a first step in the long process of improving the quality and effectiveness of Australia's overseas aid, the Australian Government is implementing an enhanced three-year Development Research Strategy.

"It is not good enough to just increase the quantity of aid, although that is very important, we must increase the quality of the aid as well," said Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance.

"Therefore, the Australian Government will provide $8.8 million for 27 new Australian Development Research Awards.

"Good research leads to a more effective

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Sri Lanka: Clearance assists 30,000 IDPs

The areas cleared since MAG restarted operations in Sri Lanka in September 2007 will allow more then 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return to their communities.

MAG remained committed to the continuation of operations last year, despite an escalation in fighting between government troops and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE).

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2 year anniversary of the abduction and execution of the 7 TRO humanitarian workers

Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) offices today took time to pay their respects and remember the 7 TRO humanitarian workers who were abducted on 29 and 30 January 2006 while traveling through the Welikanda area in the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) controlled Polonaruwa District.

Paramilitary forces allied to and working in conjunction with the GoSL abducted the 7 TRO workers (6 men and one woman) tortured them, raping the woman, and then executed and disposed of their bodies. The bodies have never been found. This incident was the

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Sri Lanka: District Ampara - Who, What, Where - Agencies and Sectors per DS Division (as of 22 Jan 2008)

Note: Only Agencies that participated in the October 2007 Who, What, Where are included in this map.
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