Sri Lanka war refugees helped by Japan

Mar 06, 2013 (LBO) – More than 98,000 war refugees who have returned to former war zones in northern Sri Lanka will be helped though a 4 million US dollar program funded by Japan. The Japanese embassy in Colombo said the project implemented through the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) will benefit 98,120 villagers in Mullaitivu and Kilonochchi districts in the north.

The exchange of notes took place on March 06 at the ambassador’s residence in the presence of Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary, Ministry of Resettlement and S B Divaratne, Secretary, Presidential Task Force for Resettlement in the Northern Province.

Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, Nobuhito Hobo was quoted as saying that the program will mobilize the target communities themselves.

The main components of the project includes the rehabilitation of internal access roads, community base water supply, rainwater harvesting systems, improving pre-education, helping women and improving disaster resilience.