Helping the helpless in Sri Lanka
Bread rolls and biscuits
Up to 10,000 bottles of water
Soap, towels and disinfectant
This is a list of some of the basic necessities of life that are being provided through an emergency aid package funded by Aid to the Church in Need to the helpless people in the war-torn Tamil area of Sri Lanka.
Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam of Jaffna told ACN that the aid would be handed out by priests already at work in the displacement camps providing basic help, saying Mass and visiting the sick. He stressed his “sadness” at the scale of the human exodus from so-called safe zones in the Tamil area in and around Mullaitivu district through to Vavuniya, where the government is erecting shelters for 60-70,000 people to a camp.
The bishop blamed the humanitarian crisis on both the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), saying that each side put military and political interests before the lives of the people. He went on to underline the scale of the damage done to churches and other Catholic institutions in the worst-affected areas of Kilinochy and Mullaitivu, adding: “I have no access to those places now no people, no parishes, no priests, no churches.”