Sri Lanka 200,000 Emergency Appeal
Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatullah
Since February 2008, fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers) and the Sri Lankan government has reached a climax leaving 200,000 people stranded in refugee camps as they attempt to flee the fighting. It is believed that some 50,000 people are still caught up in the war zone.
The 26-year old insurgency which has killed over 70,000 people and injured thousands more, has uprooted communities from their homes and forced them to take refuge in the more densely populated areas of Vavunia, Jaffna and Trincomalee that are unable to cope with the huge influx of internally displaced people (IDPs).
In Vavunia, 53,000 people have arrived since Sunday May 3rd 2009; the overwhelming numbers of injured and malnourished are putting pressure on hospitals and medical facilities due to poor infrastructure and inadequate resources.
In the camps, thousands are without access to clean water and adequate sanitation facilities increasing the threat of illness from waterborne diseases. Children, who make up about 30% of the displaced population, are especially at risk from chicken pox, ring worms and diarrhea due to dehydration and contaminated water supplies.
Muslim Aid’s response:
Muslim Aid has allocated £55,000 to provide emergency relief to the people of Sri Lanka. Since February this year the Muslim Aid Sri Lanka Field Office has provided:
- 100 hospital beds to facilitate the rehabilitation of the injured in overwhelmed hospitals.
- A mobile field hospital in Vavunia refugee camp providing medical treatment to 2,000 patients a day.
- With our partners Kuwait Hospital and Al Shabab, we are supporting the provision of ambulances and medical supplies.
- Muslim Aid will provide clean drinking water using our trekker water purification equipment, water purification tablets and water bowsers that are currently waiting to enter the region. Each water purification system can supply 144,000 litres of water per day.
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News Alert from Pakistan Field Office
About 40,000 people have been displaced from Swat and nearby areas since fighting flared in Northern Pakistan last month. The government is preparing for up to 500,000 internal refugees, the largest displacement crisis in Pakistan’s history. As the situation in Pakistan is rapidly deteriorating, Muslim Aid Pakistan is on alert and ready for response. Please look on our website for further updates as we monitor the situation.