SRI LANKA: ERD provides assistance to people displaced by conflict

May 29, 2007

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is providing assistance to people in Sri Lanka displaced due to conflict in Jaffna, Trincomalee, and Batticaloa.

Sri Lanka has been in civil conflict since the early 1980s. More than 65,000 people have been killed and 650,000 people have been displaced. In early 2006, the conflict intensified drastically, with more than 4,000 being killed and more than 200,000 people forced to flee their homes. Limited access to the conflict area has left displaced populations without adequate international protection and humanitarian assistance.

ERD is working in partnership with the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka to provide aid to people affected by the crisis. The support will help more than 13,000 displaced and homeless families who are living in camps or tents or staying with relatives and friends. Emergency assistance such as water, food, clothing, bedding, and hygiene and first aid packs will be distributed.

The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka is an ecumenical group that works through the Anglican Diocese of Colombo (Church of Ceylon), the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, the Salvation Army, the Young Men's Christian Association, the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, and the Jaffna Christian Union.

To help people affected by disasters, please make a donation to the "Emergency Relief Fund" online at http://www.er-d.org/, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development "Emergency Relief Fund" P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

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