Sri Lanka Gets UK Emergency Aid

    The U.K. Department for International Development earmarked nearly USD4.4 million to help Sri Lankans affected by the armed dispute between the government and militant Tamil Tigers in the next six months. “The conflict in Sri Lanka continues to take a toll on thousands of innocent civilians who are forced from their homes and can’t access adequate food and shelter,” said DFID Minister Mike Foster. “Renewed violence in the Vanni region in the north of the country has considerably increased the level of humanitarian need and the onset of the rainy season will only make this worse.” The Red Cross, United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations will administer the funding. (“UK pledges humanitarian support for Sri Lanka” - U.K. Department for International Development, Oct. 14, 2008)

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