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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
UN Secretary General appeals for assistance for 400,000 displaced Tamils
"UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali has appealed for assistance for up to 400,000 people fleeing bitter fighting between the LTTE and advancing troops in Jaffna. Boutros Ghali on Friday called on `all concerned to facilitate relief assistance to the affected population by humanitarian organisations,' spokesman Juan Carlos Brandt said in New York. ``Reports of the massive displacement of the civilian population in northern Sri Lanka are a source of deep concern to the Secretary General,'' he added, and said the United Nations was following the situation closely…
"Tamil sources said thousands of civilians were fleeing Jaffna peninsula by boat to the LTTE-held Kilinochchi region with barely any personal belongings. A senior Government official in Kilinochchi 320 kilometers (200 miles North of here, said nearly 60,000 refugees had poured into the area from Jaffna and the total would reach 300,000 soon. ``More than 10,000 people are streaming in every day,'' said the official, Thillai Natarajah, speaking in the Government held town of Vavuniya. ``Most people are housed in school buildings and temples. ``But the situation is getting desperate,'' he said. ``Many of those were drenched in rain and without a second set of clothes.'' He added that there were food shortages. (AFP, 4 November 1995)
"...Refugees arriving in the government-held frontier town of Vavuniya yesterday described how tens of thousands fled with only the bags they could carry as monsoon rains lashed down. They walked or rode by bicycle for about 20 miles to other parts of Tiger-run territory. In the Jaffna peninsula, schools, hospitals and government buildings are overflowing with refugees. The unlucky ones are seeking shelter from the monsoon rains under trees and shop fronts. (Philip Sherwell in Vavuniya, northern Sri Lanka, Electronic Telegraph 6 November 1995)