No place to hide in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Secretary–General stated that the U.N. deplores the increasing casualties among civilians trapped in the intense fighting between the Sri Lanka government and LTTE Tamil insurgents… and would strongly support a suspension in fighting for the purpose of allowing safe passage of the civilian population trying to flee the conflict.

According to aid agencies and church members on the ground, ongoing warfare is putting civilians, particularly women and children, at grave risk. Of the 32,000 displaced persons who reached the northern Vavuniya district in February, an estimated 700–800 are women at different stages of pregnancy.

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