"Some 56,200 people still remain displaced
in government-held areas of Vavuniya and Mannar districts, while
197,800 continue as refugees in LTTE-controlled zones of
Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya. The internal refugees
receive dry food rations from the government, consisting mainly of
rice, wheat flour, lentils, sugar and milk powder. According to
Government Agent (GA) K Ganesh, 11,696 persons were in 13 refugee
camps at the end of May in Vavuniya District. Since the ceasefire
agreement in February 2002, some 12,500 people have been resettled
in the district.
Restrictions on some goods to the LTTE-controlled areas remain.
Permits from the relevant GA is needed to transport petrol, diesel,
iron rods and cement. Vavuniya GA says 136,000 people passed the
Army checkpoint at Omanthai into LTTE-controlled Vanni in May and
133,000 entered Vavuniya from the Vanni.
Local NGOs say no investigations have been carried out into the
disappearance of 184 people when the Army held Kilinochchi District
between 1996 and 1998, and the families have not received any