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31 Mar 2008 description

COLOMBO, March 31, 2008 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers Monday said they had released 22 child soldiers and disputed figures from the United Nations Children's Fund that the rebels still had hundreds of under-age fighters.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they were also trying to locate families of 20 children still within their ranks.

The guerrillas accused UNICEF, which lists several hundred children in LTTE ranks, of not updating its …

31 Mar 2008 description

INDONESIA, SRI LANKA, MALDIVES, THAILAND, MYANMAR, INDIA, BANGLADESH, SOMALIA, SEYCHELLES, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL SUPPORT

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 over 186 countries.

In Brief

Emergency and Recovery Plan and Budget (Appeal No. 28/2004)

31 Mar 2008 description
report Plan

By Chandani Jayatilleke, Communications Manager, Plan Sri Lanka

When the 2004 tsunami devastated 13 coastal areas in Sri Lanka, the surviving children were left with nothing.

Not only did they lose their homes, friends and family, but also their schools and livelihoods. Hambantota was one of the worst affected areas, with many schoolchildren forced to join classes in neighboring communities, causing overcrowding and straining on resources.

Yet four years later, the children have a brand new school of their own in one of the biggest ever projects taken on by Plan Sri Lanka.

28 Mar 2008 description

Latest report on ICRC activities in the field

ICRC oversees safe passage of nearly 25,000 civilians

Additional security measures introduced by the Sri Lankan government at the Medawachchiya checkpoint in Anuradhapura and the Omanthai crossing point in Vavuniya slowed down the movement of civilians between areas controlled by the government and those held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and left many commercial vehicles stranded.

28 Mar 2008 description

Baltimore, March 28, 2008 - Lutheran World Relief is providing emergency food rations to approximately 200 children under the age of 6 who have been displaced from their homes by recent torrential rains in Sri Lanka.

More than 7,000 people were forced from their homes by floods in Sri Lanka's Batticaloa region last week.

27 Mar 2008 description

Since Sri Lanka is to be subject in a few weeks to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, it has been the subject of a spate of attacks by many organizations with interests in this subject.

Since Sri Lanka is to be subject in a few weeks to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council, it has been the subject of a spate of attacks by many organizations with interests in this subject.

Though many of them repeat the …

27 Mar 2008 description

Foreword

The role of coastal forests in the mitigation of tsunami impacts unexpectedly became a hotly debated topic in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which ranked amongst the most devastating natural disasters in recent history.

27 Mar 2008 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2008: In support of the Government of Sri Lanka's efforts to ensure safety of the public from risks of ageing dams and manage its water resources the World Bank today approved a US$65.33 million credit for the Sri Lanka Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project.

The project aims to improve operational efficiency of 80 dams and establish sustainable institutional arrangements for safety management and operations and maintenance of major dams in the country.

27 Mar 2008 description
20 -27 Mar 2008

IDP trends as reported this week by GAs

Location Number of Families Number of Individuals
Jaffna
displaced before Dec 2005
27 Mar 2008 description

COLOMBO, March 27, 2008 (AFP) - Two policemen escorting a Japanese aid worker died in a roadside blast on Wednesday, while fighting in the island's north killed 19 rebels, one soldier and three civilians, the government said.

The aid worker, visiting an irrigation project in the eastern district of Batticaloa, narrowly escaped the mine attack, but the officers providing security died, the Japanese embassy here said.

"Our national is safe, but we are saddened that …

26 Mar 2008 description
report IRIN

VAVUNATHIVU, 26 March 2008 (IRIN) - The last 18 years of Kanavathipillai Thangarasa's life have been in constant flux. The 62-year-old man and his family have been displaced from their home on numerous occasions since 1990 by fighting in eastern Sri Lanka between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

In 1991, his 15-year-old son disappeared while travelling to the capital, Colombo, 330km from his native village Vavunathivu in Batticaloa District.

25 Mar 2008 description

Introduction

Rome, 25 March 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.

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WFP completed March general food distributions for the Sudanese refugees in all 12 refugee camps. Over the past week, a total of 1,272 new refugees from Sudan have been transferred to the Kounoungou refugee camp in the Guereda area.

25 Mar 2008 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Shihar Aneez

COLOMBO, March 25 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's protracted and increasingly bloody civil war is making the country more vulnerable to human trafficking, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday.

People fleeing conflict-torn areas in Sri Lanka's north and east, where fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and state security forces has raged since 1983, opened the door to people smugglers keen to profit from the vulnerable, the United Nations …

25 Mar 2008 description

Incessant heavy rainfall during the past few days created havoc in 10 districts causing immense hardships to people in the area. As a result of this natural calamity, 8 persons have been recorded dead and 6 persons have sustained injuries. 2 persons each from Bibile and Passara, 01 person from Haputhale and 03 persons from Divulapitiya have died. 03 persons from Badulla and 03 persons from Divulapitiya have been reported injured. Presently 91194 families comprising 381460 persons have been affected.

24 Mar 2008 description
report Xinhua

COLOMBO, Mar 24, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The country head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sri Lanka Toon Vandenhove met Sri Lanka's Army Commander Sarath Fonseka on Monday to discuss the humanitarian situation in the island's war torn north, the military said.

Vandenhove asked for facilitation of a direct link between the ICRC and the military in the uncleared areas in the north currently held by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels.