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Sri Lanka appeal

Christian Aid has launched an appeal to help those caught up in the escalating humanitarian crisis in north-east Sri Lanka.

The UN estimates 100,000 to 200,000 civilians are caught up in fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists.

Last month it said at least 2,800 civilians had been killed in the fighting. An estimated 100 men, women and children are dying each day.

An increasing number of people are managing to flee the conflict – up to 2,000 every day – to transit camps which are not equipped to cope with the sudden influx.

Many others have been wounded or have no access to medical care, clean water or shelter.

“It is imperative that we continue to provide emergency food and medical assistance to these people to prevent yet more lives being lost,” said Nick Guttmann, the director of Christian Aid’s humanitarian programme.

Christian Aid is working with local organisations to respond to the humanitarian needs of those who have fled the conflict by providing much needed relief.

But donations are urgently needed to continue this work.

  • £33 could provide ten blankets and mosquito nets for families arriving with nothing

  • £48 could provide an entire month of specialist medical assistance to injured and sick women and children

  • £125 could pay for nutritious, cooked meals for ten families for a week.   

Christian Aid condemns the current violence against civilians in the region perpetrated by either side.

Our priority now is to provide food, shelter and medical help to those most in need.


Notes to editors

For further information or to arrange an interview, please call Sarah Wilson on 0207 523 2277 or 07930 341 525. Out of hours calls to 07850 242 950 

For more details and how to donate, click on: www.christianaid.org.uk