560 displaced families face starvation in Vadamaradchy

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 November 2006, 12:54 GMT]
Consortium of non Governmental Organizations in Jaffna expressed concern over severe food shortage and harsh living conditions of more than 560 families displaced from their villages behind the Thenmaradchy Forward Defence Line (FDL) border strip along Muhamalai-Nagarkovil and living in temporary accomodation in Vadamaradchy schools, during a press conference held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the NGO premises in Temple Road Nallur, Jaffna, civil society sources said.

"The situation is close to reaching a level of humanitarian disaster," said Mr. K Sivasubramaniam, President of the consortium.

Villagers displaced from Varani North, Karambaikuruchchi, Idaikuruchchi, Karukkai, Chuttipuram, Thavasikulam, Navatkadu, and Mirusuvil have sought temporary shelter in eight schools in areas of Vadamaradchy. Local NGOs can barely supply the displaced families with one meal a day, with no assistance from Sri Lanka Government's Jaffna Secretariat or International NGOs like UNICEF and UNHCR, Mr Sivasubramaniam said.

"Several urgent appeals to INGOs, and Government authorities with resources have not produced any mitigation to the refugees' conditions," NGO consortium president said.

Education Department authorities have made matters worse by demanding that the refugees move out from the schools and seek shelter elsewhere for the schools to resume functioning. NGO consortium president further accused Education authorities and UNHCR officials for offering only tarpaulin tent fabric to build temporary shelters and pressuring the families to move out of school buildings.

Mr Sivasubramaniam also pointed out that Colombo has verbally directed Jaffna Government officials to not encourage or participate in setting up refugee camps, and in any relief work. In addition, GoSL gave orders not to disclose the information that the refugees are staying in camps, the Consortium sources further charged.

The consortium official said that the Jaffna Government Agent, Mr K.Ganesh, constrained by Colombo' directive, has balked intervening at the developing humanitarian crisis. With continuing skirmishes and clashes between the warring parties along the FDL's, living conditions of the refugees will likely remain precarious, Mr Sivasubramaniam warned.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.07.18 23:22   Photo
Skulls with bullet-like holes excavated in Mannaar mass grave, women and children among victims
18.07.18 19:21   Photo
Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam Tamils adopt Ira'nai-theevu approach, enter their lands seized by SL Navy
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
05.07.18 23:49  
Tamils need native movements to confront Colombo-centric environmental exploitations
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=20146