NGOs curtail Jaffna activity after SLMM's withdrawal
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 January 2008, 17:49 GMT]
Many International Non-government Organizations (NGOs), including Danish Demining Organization, serving in Jaffna peninsula closed their branch offices with the departure of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Thursday, civil society sources in Jaffna said.
The Danish Demining Organization (DDO) which was forced to close down its branch offices in Oorkaavathu’rai (Kayts) in the islets of Jaffna and Point Pedro in Vadamaraadchi due to hostile circumstances, closed the local offices in Chaavakachcheari in Thenmaraadchi and Ezhaalai in Valikaamam.
The DDO and other similar international NGOs which have closed their branch offices, cutting down the number of their local staff, are in the process of channeling the work of the branch offices to their respective head offices in Jaffna town.
The volunteer organizations are also making arrangements to send their foreign staffers to Colombo.
The NGOs that were actively serving the interests of the tsunami affected people of Vadamaraadchi east and other areas in Vadamaraadchi are also closing down their branch offices in these areas, civil society sources in Jaffna said.
However, UN agencies have not expressed their intentions to reduce their functions in Jaffna.