Sri Lanka war returnees get US support

Feb 10, 2010 (LBO) – The United States government has given more aid to help Sri Lankans returning to their homes in the former northern war zone and speed up their resettlement, the US embassy said. It said in a statement the aid agency United States Agency for International Development has given 343 million rupees (three million dollars) to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

œThis funding will address the needs of vulnerable families, such as female-headed households, the elderly and the disabled, to ensure that assistance is provided quickly to those in most urgent need of care, US envoy Patricia A. Butenis said.

œThis support will help us meet the basic needs of thousands of displaced families when they return to their home districts, said IOM Sri Lanka Chief of Mission Mohammed Abdiker.

œIt will provide shelter, water, sanitation and basic health services – all the things they will need to restart their lives.”

The funds will help the return of refugees to their homes in Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, MullaItivu, Kilinochchi and Trincomalee districts in the north and east of the island.

It will provide shelter kits to build temporary housing f