sri lanka

  • May 14, 2009

    Amid continued calls for restraint from the US, the UN, governments across the world, NGOs and faith groups, the slaughter in Sri Lanka is continuing, with a further 50 people killed yesterday in a devastating attack on a hospital.

  • May 12, 2009

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has joined international NGOs and religious groups in expressing horror at the killing of many hundreds of civilians in so-called 'no fire zones' in embattled Sri Lanka over the weekend.

  • May 7, 2009

    Churches in Sri Lanka are helping desperate families looking for loved ones missing in the civil war that is raging in the country. Government troops cornering Tamil militants have forced around 200,000 people into refugee camps.

  • April 27, 2009

    Sri Lankan troops will not use heavy weapons or air strikes iagainst Tamil rebels in the north-east, the government in Colombo has said. But it has dismissed an LTTE ceasefire and civilian casualties continue to rise alarmingly.

  • April 27, 2009

    The grim situation in Sri Lanka shows the hazards of extreme ethnic nationalism, says Savi Hensman. In today’s world, many people – whether they regard themselves as atheists, agnostics or religious believers – in reality put their ‘nation’ first, often symbolised by a flag.

  • April 23, 2009

    CAFOD partners working in the Vanni conflict zone in Sri Lanka have been severely wounded during the latest spate of shelling.

  • April 22, 2009

    World Council of Churches general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia has urged the government of Sri Lanka to immediately release from detention a church official who has now been under arrest for nearly a month.

  • April 22, 2009

    As civilians pour out of the war zone in northern Sri Lanka, seeking safety in temporary displacement camps, the need for medicines, food and shelter is growing quickly says World Vision.

  • April 21, 2009

    Catholic aid agency CAFOD has expressed grave concern at the fate of an estimated 100,000 civilians, as the Sri Lankan government announced its intention to conduct a ‘final assault’ in the Vanni.

  • April 20, 2009

    Hundreds of civilians are being killed and seriously injured in artillery and gun attacks as the Sri Lankan Army attempts to eliminate the remaining LTTE rebels trapped in a shrinking "no fire" enclave.