Urgent appeal to aid Sri Lankans

The fighting has ended in Sri Lanka but many civilians remain in precarious situations.

Since the end of fighting in Sri Lanka on May 19, more than 260,000 displaced persons remain in camps in the northern part of this island country. Tens of thousands are in need of medical attention, due to the effects of starvation, exposure, illness and injury sustained during the fighting. JRS in Sri Lanka reports an urgent need for temporary shelter, food, clean water and basic medical supplies in Vavuniya, Mannar, Jaffna and other locations. Since January 2009, JRS has been providing and distributing cooked food, dry rations, and non-food items including clothing; and attending to the sick, pregnant women and new mothers, and the elderly. JRS is also assisting with education and school supplies.

JRS is not only working to meet the immediate needs of the displaced population, but also is committed to assisting them to return; to rebuild their homes; and to work towards long term solutions for a just peace for all Sri Lankans. If you would like to contribute financially to support these efforts, please click here to make a secure online donation.

Or send a check:
Ron Ferreri
Jesuit Refugee Service-USA
1016 16th St., NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

We also ask for your prayers for all those who have died in this conflict, including Fr. Mariampillai Sarajeevan, the coordinator for JRS in Kilinochi, who died of a heart attack while in hospital. We pray for the families they have left behind, the injured and other survivors who must now work to rebuild their lives. We also pray for all the Jesuits, workers and volunteers from all the agencies and local partners who are assisting in this humanitarian emergency.

The conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the government of Sri Lanka finally ended on May 19, 2009 after 26 years of fighting. As the conflict escalated, civilians in refugee camps were caught up in the violence. While the fighting has apparently stopped, it is now time to build the peace and help civilians recover.

Thank you for your solidarity with the suffering in Sri Lanka.

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