August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
Several small tanks and reservoirs within the Northern Province are facing the risk of drying up as a result of the prevailing drought. The Northern polity secures their water requirements for daily activities from tanks and reservoirs.
Following the drought conditions, the water resources are drying up severely impacting people as well as animals. Even cattle are seen travelling long distances in search of water.
The Northern residents claims that even large reservoirs may go dry if these climatic conditions persist.
Action has been initiated to provide dry rations for families affected as a result of the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara.
Ampara District Secretary P. Wanigasinghe said that information is being gathered on the houses that have been hindered by the cyclone.It is reported that about 26 houses were impacted following the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara Sunday afternoon.
At least 5,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh found themselves stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. An additional 1,000 people who were thought to be at sea in May and remain unaccounted for may have unofficially disembarked without the knowledge of authorities.
New school facilities are helping nearly 7,000 children from the Kilinochchi District in the northern region of Sri Lanka access education services in a safe and child friendly environment.
Kilinochchi was one of the districts that was worst affected by decades of conflict, which destroyed already sparse school buildings and weakened local education infrastructure.
By Amantha Perera
JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Aug 30 2015 (IPS) - The new Sri Lankan government that was voted in on Aug. 17 certainly didn’t inherit as much baggage as its predecessors did during the nearly 30 years of conflict that gripped this South Asian island nation.
The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province.
The signing of the agreement took place under the patronage of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando at his office Friday.
David Christine of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo and Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province Sarath Abeygunawardena signed the agreement in the presence of Representatives of the U.S. State Department.
The District Disaster Management Units are in the process of sorting out the drinking water problems of the people impacted by the dry climatic conditions.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has unveiled a programme of addressing human rights issues at the regional level. The aim of this programme is to sort out complaints through regional committees before they reach the Commission.
The first stage of establishing these Committees was launched in the Ampara District. The Committees comprise state officials as well as Civil Committee officers.
As President Sirisena said last Saturday at a land-return ceremony in Sampur, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka’s efforts has attracted support from the international community. The United States joined other international donors and will provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s peace and development.
The Chairman of the Presidential Commission to Inquire into Complaints on Missing Persons, Maxwel Paranagama will hand over the second interim report of the Commission to President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday.
Mr. Paranagama told media that the first interim report was handed over to the President on April, 10 and that the government had taken steps to implement its recommendations.
By Amantha Perera
VISUVAMADU, Sri Lanka, Aug 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since Sri Lanka's three-decade civil war ended in 2009, Nagarathnam Ganeshan has faced a major new uncertainty: how much water he will have to grow his crops.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Saturday 8/22/2015 - 06:36 GMT | 451 words
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka's new government to ensure "long term peace" as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was set to form a coalition committed to ethnic reconciliation.
"The secretary-general encouraged the prime minister and the national unity government to seize this opportunity to advance long-term peace for all Sri Lankans," the UN said in a statement.
Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Friday 8/21/2015 - 06:43 GMT
Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka's prime minister on Friday for another term after securing the backing of the country's second-biggest party for a new government of national unity.
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party of Mahinda Rajapakse agreed to enter a broad-based coalition government with Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), although the former president will remain on the opposition benches.