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Assistance to Conflict IDPs – Appeal – ACT

[MISC, Thursday, 15 October 2009 08:27 No Comment]

Around 265,000 people were displaced earlier this year as a result of the conflict since 1983 between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), with military victory and government rule of the entire island declared on May 18th 2009.

During the period 1 April 2008 to 28 September 2009, 255,551 persons are reported as currently accommodated in camps and hospitals, of which 253,567 continue to be accommodated in temporary camps, with the great majority in Vavuniya. 7,835 people have been released from temporary camps into host families and elders’ homes as of 24 September 2009. The majority of these people are elders, people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable groups. 6,813 have been returned to Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts between 5 August and 28 September 2009. (UNOCHA Joint Humanitarian Update, as of 28 September 2009).

This version of the appeal is being issued to show the revised response of Norwegian Church Aid with a reduced budget. The NCA programme will be closing at the end of this month. NCA, implementing through local partner Sarvodaya, is completing a 6 months assistance programme for IDPs in transit camps in Vavuniya and Jaffna districts including food and nutrition, water and sanitation, non-food and hygiene items and protection activities. No further funding is requested. Programmes implemented by Lutheran World Relief and Christian Aid are already closed, with only the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka’s appeal still open until the end of December 2009.

The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) request proposes food and non-food relief assistance as well as psychosocial and educational support to IDPs in Vavuniya, Jaffna and Mannar, working with their constituent members the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, the National Council of Young Men Christian Associations (YMCA) and Church of Ceylon’s Diocese of Colombo.

The ACT Coordinating Office awaits confirmation from the members in Sri Lanka with regard to any further requests for support IDPs and resettlement.

Signed by:

Robert White – Deputy Director

Any funding indication or pledge should be communicated to Jesssie Kgoroeadira, ACT Finance Officer (jkg@act-intl.org).

Action by Churches Together (ACT) International is a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.

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