Refugees - Articles

Sept. 3, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: The Island
ICRC says recent Jaffna battle forced over 160,000 out of their homes
Heavy fighting between the armed forces and the LTTE in the Jaffna peninsula in late May, forced approximately 160,000 people out of their homes, the ICRC revealed in its latest newsletter. Of them, some ended up in 136 welfare centres set up in Waligamam and Point Pedro. The rest stayed with their friends and relatives, the ICRC said. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 0, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: NewInd Press
Sri Lankan journalist seeks asylum
CHENNAI: Keerthi Kalamegam, a Sri Lankan journalist, has sought political asylum in India. He got into trouble after publishing a book `Good-bye Chandrika'. Now he has been forced to say `good-bye' to his own country. [ Full Story ]
July 13, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: ICRC
Humanitarian assistance for the displaced
From April to June the ICRC assisted thousands of people displaced by the fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the Jaffna peninsula. [ Full Story ]
July 9, 2000
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: Chennai Online
Refugee girl’s body washes ashore
Rameswaram, July 8: Police today found the body of a 16-year-old Sri Lankan refugee girl, who had been reported missing after a batch of refugees from Trincomalee reached here on July 6. [ Full Story ]
June 26, 2000
Place: Tmil Nadu

Source: Indian Express
500 Tamils have taken refuge in the last 2 months: TN CM
TIRUCHIRAPPALLI: Nearly 500 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees had landed in Tamil Nadu in the last two months since the escalation of conflict between the Army and LTTE in the island Republic,Tamil Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said today. [ Full Story ]
June 9, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Based on examinations of 184 detainees, a group of 17 doctors contributed to the Medical Foundation's report. Of the 184 men, 38 said they had been sexually abused during their detention.
The Liberation Tigers said Friday they had urged the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help arrange a temporary ceasefire between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan armed forces to facilitate the evacuation of civilians trapped in the battle zones of the thenmaradchi division in the Jaffna peninsula. The civilians are unable to leave as the Sri Lankan armed forces are pounding the possible routes of evacuation, the Tigers said in a statement from their London offices. [ Full Story ]
June 8, 2000
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: Independant - UK
Deported Tamils face torture
Yesterday's bomb blast in Colombo will have many other victims in the days to come: the hundreds or thousands of innocent Tamils who are rounded up and detained in the aftermath of all such attacks. [ Full Story ]
June 0, 2000
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: New Ind Express
36 Refugees arrive off Rameswaram coast
RAMANATHAPURAM: As many as 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are reported to have arrived in one of the sand dunes off the Rameswaram coast early Monday morning. [ Full Story ]
June 0, 2000
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: NewInd Press
Indian Navy should do more to help the refugees: CM
MADURAI: The Indian Navy should put in more efforts to bring the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees stranded in mid sea, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said. [ Full Story ]
May 31, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: ICRC
Help for the displaced
The current upsurge in the fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan security forces on the Jaffna peninsula has caused large numbers of civilians to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere in public buildings and with friends and relatives. [ Full Story ]
May 31, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: AI
Help for the displaced
The current upsurge in the fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan security forces on the Jaffna peninsula has caused large numbers of civilians to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere in public buildings and with friends and relatives. [ Full Story ]
May 22, 2000
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: The Hindu
Refugee influx resumes
RAMANATHAPURAM, MAY 21. With the LTTE reportedly advancing towards Jaffna, Tamil refugees from various parts of Sri Lanka have started arriving here. A fresh batch of 24 families consisting of 72 Sri Lankan Tamils, including 32 women and 14 children, landed in Arichalmunai near Dhanuskodi from Pesalai on Sunday after a long gap of 12 days. [ Full Story ]
May 18, 2000
Place: Tamil Nadu

Source: The Hindu
Tamil refugee-free week declared
RAMANATHAPURAM, MAY 18. The Indian Navy has declared `Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee-Free Week' following the non-arrival of refugees since May 10. The last to arrive, on May 9, were 12 stranded Tamil refugees who were rescued by local fishermen from the sixth island of Sri Lanka. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: New Ind Express
Lankan army draws blood as Tamils run for their life
MADURAI: The Sri Lankan Tamils caught in the crossfire between the LTTE and the army have discovered that they cannot escape shedding blood in order to leave the island. According to a majority of the refugees who have arrived in Dhanushkodi near Rameswaram during the past 48 hours, the Sri Lankan army has made blood ``donation'' by Tamils mandatory for catering to their wounded defence personnel. [ Full Story ]
April 20, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: ZENET
CARITAS ASSISTS WAR REFUGEES IN SRI LANKA
Thousands of Civilians Stranded in Villages in Midst of Crossfire ROME, (ZENIT.org).- The Sri Lankan army has blockaded thousands of civilians in their villages in the Jaffna war zone, according to Jesuit Refugees Service (JRS). Over the past three weeks there has been fierce combat in the Jaffna peninsula, where the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are attempting to reconquer territory disputed by both sides. Estimates say there are some 5,000 people trapped in the war zone. [ Full Story ]
April 2, 2000
Place: Jaffna

Source: Sunday Observer
Thousands displaced as fighting rages in the north
More than ten-thousand civilians have been displaced from the areas of Thenmarachi east and Vadamarachi following fierce fighting between the LTTE and the armed forces in the north of Elephant Pass, reports from Jaffna said. [ Full Story ]
January 30, 2000
Place: Trincomalee

Source: TamilNet
Resettlement, a distant dream to refugees
1007 refugee families are still staying in 13 welfare centers in Trincomalee district without any prospect of being resettled in their own villages, authoritative sources said. [ Full Story ]
April 28, 1999
Place: Akkaraipattu

Source: TamilNet
Displaced refugees ask to go home
Representatives of the Akkaraipattu south Citizen's Committee and several leaders of Tamil village committees from the hinterlands of Sri Lanka's south-eastern coast met Minister for Ports, Shipping, Rehabilitation, Mr. M.H.M Ashraff today in Kalmunai to urge him that more than 1200 Tamil families evacuated forcibly by the Special Task Force Commandos (STF) in 1990 be allowed to resettle in their traditional places of habitation. [ Full Story ]
March 24, 1999
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
30,000 newly displaced in Mannar
More than than thirty thousand people have been displaced in the western sector of mainland Mannar due to shelling and the recent army operation to take Madhu said sources in the area today. [ Full Story ]
March 18, 1998
Place: Batticaloa

Source: TamilNet, March 18, 1998
Kfir bombs force thousands to flee
More than two thousand civilians fled the coastal village of Vaakarai, 85 km. north of Batticaloa, fearing a Sri Lankan army offensive after Israeli Kfir jets of the Sri Lankan Air Force bombed and strafed the area this morning. Four school children, two boys and two girls, were wounded in the bombing. [ Full Story ]
January 26, 1998
Place: Thalaimannar

Source: TamilNet, February 27, 1998
Refugees tricked, then shot at
A youth was killed and another injured Thursday night, when the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) opened fire at a group of 56 refugees from the Vanni who had been promised a passage to India by unscrupulous refugee runners but were put ashore in Thalaimannar where the Navy has patrol unit said sources in Mannar. [ Full Story ]
January 20, 1998
Place: Valaichenai

Source: TamilNet, January 20, 1998
Government cuts off Valaichenai refugee aid
The Sri Lanka Government has stopped supplying emergency relief and food stamps to Tamil refugee families settled at Vinayagapuram in Valaichenai 30 km north of Batticaloa, said Kachcheri sources in Batticaloa. [ Full Story ]
May 0, 1997
Place: Vanni

Source: ICRC
300,000 Tamils displaced in the Vanni says International Red Cross
"On 13 May the Sri Lankan armed forces launched a large-scale military operation in the north of the country. Ground troops, armoured vehicles, artillery and air support were employed with the aim of re-opening a supply route to the Jaffna peninsula across the LTTE-controlled Vanni region, as well as recovering some of the rebel-held territories in the area. The ICRC calls for greater respect for international humanitarian law. [ Full Story ]
December 16, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: U.S Committee for Refugees
400,000 displaced Tamils in Vanni says US Committee for Refugees
"...There are an estimated 400,000 displaced persons in the Vanni-jungle region in the north of Sri Lanka that is largely under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). According to NGOs and local government officials, many of the displaced possibly as many as half do not receive government assistance, allegedly because the government views the group as possible LTTE supporters. The government also does not assist Kilinochchi residents who fled their district following the Sri Lankan military's July military offensive there. [ Full Story ]
November 0, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: British Refugee Council
Refugee camps are over-crowded and sanitary facilities almost non-existent.
"If exhausted refugees imagined that entry into Vavuniya town from Tiger-controlled Vanni region would bring them respite, they were sadly mistaken. After restrictions at Thandikulam checkpoint were lifted on 22 October, around 16,000 people from the north entered Vavuniya. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 0, 1996
Place: Vanni

Source: British Refugee Council
Increasing Concern for Plight of Refugees
"The plight of refugees is of increasing concern for international agencies. International refugee agency UNHCR's Peter Meijerhas urged the government to ensure that food supplies reached the Vanni refugees and expressed fears that more people will pour out of Mannar Island. Lack of security and food is the major cause and thousands of refugees are trekking towards Mannar Is- land, says UNHCR. [ Full Story ]
April 20, 1996
Place: Kilaly, Jaffna

Source: Local Media
10 people killed and 45 injured.
Sri Lankan government embarks on a military solution, Military offensive code named 'Riviresa Two' launched In an attempt to deny a political solution to the Tamil people and driven by their ambitions to capture Tamil Lands and to subjugate the Tamils, the Sri Lankan Government yesterday launched a new military offensive to capture the Tamil homelands of Thenmaratchi and Vadamaratchi. The Government also gagged the International and Local press by refusing them permission to visit the Tamil areas where the Government has declared a war. [ Full Story ]
December 8, 1995
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: India Abroad
US Congressmen Appeal to President Kumaratunga to help Tamil refugees
On 8 December, 28 US Congressmen called upon President Kumaratunga to 'avoid a devastating human tragedy' and urged her ' not stand in the way of providing immediate relief to the thousands of innocent civilians fleeing the civil disorder'. They wrote: [ Full Story ]
February 28, 1988
Place: Mannar

Source: TamilNet
SL Navy shoots at Tamil refugees - A woman killed
The Sinhalese navy Wednesday opened fire on a group of Tamil refugees waiting at Mannar shore to flee to India. One woman was killed while another was severely injured. Meanwhile, the following day the Sri Lankan Navy arrested a group of 54 Tamil woman refugees waiting at Mannar Beach to flee to Tamil Nadu. The Navy rounded up the women and took them away. The refugees were fleeing to India to escape Sinhalese army atrocities in captured Tamil territories. [ Full Story ]