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Channel 4 reports on abuses in the camps

May 7, 2009

Channel 4 – Grim scenes at Sri Lankan camps

Channel 4 News reports from a camp in the northern Sri Lankan city of Vavuniya, where Tamil refugees have been taken.

Shocking claims have emerged of shortages of food and water, dead bodies left where they have fallen, women separated from their families, and even sexual abuse.

This programme obtained the first independently filmed pictures from the internment camps set up by the Sri Lankan government to house Tamils who have fled the country’s civil war.

Times Online – Refugees in nine-day voyage of despair to escape Tamil battles

Three women were found dead at a bathing area in one camp on Monday, and a child was crushed to death at another in a stampede last week over scarce food supplies, UN officials said.

The Christian Monitor – Sri Lankan ‘detention’ camps swell with Tamils

Independent reporters are barred from the area, ostensibly for security reasons. Authorities have also blocked media access to those injured in the war in other locations.

Heeding international calls, Sri Lanka is allowing greater humanitarian access to the camps, though not to the war zone, where only the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is present. It has rejected repeated pleas for a pause in the fighting, most recently by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spoke Tuesday to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Alert Net – Sri Lanka camps face food, water and medicine shortages

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