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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
"The (Sri Lanka) Defence Ministry ordered a 30% cut in the food supply to Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts from 1 January. Earlier 240 lorry loads of food were allowed into Tiger-held territory of the Vanni whereas twice the amount was needed in the area.
Mullaitivuís senior state officer Government Agent (GA), S Sundaram says he is unable to provide relief to 5,000 refugees in the district and further cuts will worsen the situation, particularly when rains are hurting refugees who are without proper shelter. The 525 barrels of kerosene (the only fuel allowed) a month to Kilinochchi District has been reduced by 100 barrels.
In a mid-January appeal to the UN, the Vanni Citizens Committee said government and co-operative food stores are depleted and many displaced families have only one meal a day. The shortage of medicines has forced hospitals to issue only prescriptions and most patients have no money to buy medicines outside.
Reports say prices in the Vanni are five to ten times higher than in southern areas of Sri Lanka. Rice is sold between Rs 40 and Rs 50 a kilo, sugar Rs 100 a kilo and kerosene Rs 150 a litre. There is an acute shortage of childrenís milk food. Shortage of doctors in hospitals continues .... "
(British Refugee Council publication Sri Lanka Monitor, January 2000)