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UN finally says – ‘let them go’

October 9, 2009

Daily Mirror – UN urges relocation of IDPs before monsoon season

The United Nations has appealed to the government to relocate Internally Displaced People (IDP) housed at the Menik Farm welfare camp before the monsoon season sets in as making physical arrangements at the existing sites by digging up bigger drains or ensuring better sanitation will not be enough.

UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, speaking to reporters in New York, said that during relocation the Sri Lankan government must also ensure that those placed in transit camps are given freedom of movement and not placed in “closed” camps like most part of the Menik Farm.

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