Sri Lanka gets US food aid for refugees

Dec 31, 2010 (LBO) – The United States has given Sri Lanka 5.5 million US dollars worth of emergency food aid to support the return of refugees displaced by the ethnic war in the north, a statement said. USAID, the development agency of the US government, has provided over 75 million dollars (8.32 billion rupees) of food aid from 2008 to 2010, the statement said. The donation by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) consisted of 6,740 metric tonnes of wheat flour, pulses and vegetable oil.

It will support the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to meet the essential food needs of 300,000 people displaced by the war which ended in May 2009.

Coordinating with the government of Sri Lanka, WFP distributes food aid from USAID and other donors to people who have already returned to their homes or are living in camps and host families.

Resettled people receive a six-month ration upon their return to their places of origin.

WFP Country Representative Adnan Khan said the donation from the United States comes at a critical juncture for the returnees.

“It will allow WFP to continue providing much-needed food and nutritional support to the returnee population and increas