Full Text of Eyewitness Account and Photos Date: Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:08 PM ( Sri Lankan Time ) Dear Sir / Madam, New Year day awake the people with gunshot sound. Whole last night were heavy gun fighting sound heard near Valagnanarmadam area. Nobody celebrated this day. But many children are still waiting to get Kanchchi in a long queue. Puthumathalan hospital received 43 injured civilian causalities up to 5 pm and many were due to gunshot. ICRC patient transportation ship arrived and more than 480 patients were sent. - Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS)
Sri Lankan Government intensifies it attack ( indiscriminate shelling and gun fire ) on tamil civilians living in 'Safe zone' and a bloodbath on the beach imminent is imminent a health worker attached to puthumaththalan makeshift hospital told to WWW today ( 10th April 2009). Some photos from the war zone obtained by WWW are below.
8 April 2009 Reporters Without Borders has gathered information from various sources that supports the theory that the Sri Lankan authorities are blocking the investigation into the murder of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga in Colombo on 8 January, exactly three months ago today.Government officials, including Keheliya Rambukwella, said at the end of January that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would announce “very important details” about the murder in February. But since then, there has been nothing to confirm the existence of a political will to solve the case. Wickrematunga’s family and colleagues have been forced to conclude that the authorities have no interest in arresting either the perpetrators or instigators.
Geneva/Colombo (ICRC) – A staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was hit by a shell and killed instantly this morning while fetching water for his family near Ampalavanpokanai, on the coastal belt of the territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "We feel devastated and are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend and colleague Sinnathurai Kugathasan," said Paul Castella, the head of the ICRC delegation in Colombo. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to all of his family and friends."
Written by: An NGO in Sri Lanka A partner NGO supported by Christian Aid UK-Ireland has gathered stories from people living in the "welfare centres" in northern Sri Lanka. Here are their accounts: "My husband was pushing me on a bicycle, searching for safe areas", says a disabled mother, paralysed from the waist down. "In the worst of the fighting we lost the bicycle - I was in a bad situation. Ultimately we all had to scatter and the family was separated. Somehow we were able to get out of the war zone and reach a safer place. We were then locked up in a fenced area, isolated from the people outside. But we were alive."
Since 10 February the ICRC has evacuated thousands of people from conflict-weary northern Sri Lanka to Trincomalee district for medical treatment. Martin Hermann, an ICRC surgeon, speaks about the evacuated patients and his work.
Full text of John Holmes brief to the UN Council: Briefing on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator 26 March 2009 Thank you, Mr. President, for this opportunity to brief members of the Council about the current humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. I also welcome the presence of the Permanent Representative of the Government of Sri Lanka.
The horror that is unfolding in Sri Lanka becomes possible because of the silence that surrounds it. There is almost no reporting in the mainstream Indian media — or indeed in the international press — about what is happening there. Why this should be so is a matter of serious concern.