PWRDF responds to emergency in Northern Sri Lanka

Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) will contribute $75,598 to the Organization for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) Ceylon. These funds will be used to feed 3,600 new internally displaced persons (IDPs) fleeing the heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka.
Since the ceasefire agreement ended and heavy fighting resumed between the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE), thousands of civilians have been forced to flee with few belongings. These people are in urgent need of emergency assistance in the form of food, water, medicine, clothes and shelter.

With regular grant support from PWRDF, the OfERR Sri Lanka office has been working with refugee returnees and IDPs in the north and eastern areas of Sri Lanka since 2004.  The organization carries out rehabilitation, resettlement and development activities to support returnee and internally displaced populations in the north and northeastern parts of Sri Lanka.

With this additional grant, OfERR will be able to feed 3,600 new IDPs for a one-month period. Access to IDPs is restricted as the Sri Lankan government is screening them for possible infiltration by LTTE cadres.

Naba Gurung is the PWRDF program coordinator for emergencies and refugees.

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