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Aid agencies STILL have no access to IDPs a fortnight after ‘end of war’

May 30, 2009

Reuters – Aid groups blocked from former Sri Lanka war zone

Despite announcing it would ease restrictions and allow movement of aid agencies into IDP camps, “International aid groups said on Friday they still could not access Sri Lanka’s former war zone from which hundreds of thousands of people fled, stalling efforts to help people return home.

Spokesman Florian Westphal said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has not been permitted to access the northeast strip the Sri Lankan military had advanced upon to extinguish the Tamil Tiger guerrillas.

The ICRC and its aid partners, including U.N. agencies, have faced obstacles reaching the huge military-run camps housing those who escaped the fighting, including the Manik Farm facility whose population is estimated at 220,000.”
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