Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: a light in the darkness

Our partner Caritas EHED has been working with people affected by the civil war in Sri Lanka.  Anbumaran, 32, tells us about how they helped him rebuild his life.

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I used to have a contented, happy life. I married my wife Vijayabaskari in 2005 and had two sons.  I had my own land and owned a brick house. I had a big grocery shop and my daily income was more than sufficient for my family expenses. But during the peak of the civil war in 2008 and 2009, the peaceful life of my family was shattered. Continue reading

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Sri Lanka floods: immediate relief

Father George Sigamoney from our partner Caritas Sri Lanka talks about the floods that recently hit Sri Lanka.

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East Timor: Where is the development?

I have always felt very personally involved with the suffering of the East Timorese people when, after a UN-sponsored referendum in August 1999 had resulted in a massive 78% vote for independence, a terrible wave of violence engulfed the country.

I shared their rejoicing when, following international intervention, East Timor was recognised by the UN as a sovereign state, and so returning to the country for celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the referendum felt very special.

It was my fifth visit since independence, and I had been specially invited to take part in a three-day solidarity conference, as well as bring material for a commemorative exhibition.

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Tsunami: Five years on photogallery

Five years on from the Asian tsunami, people in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India have safer, more comfortable homes, secure jobs and are better prepared for disasters.

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Sri Lanka: Moving on after tsunami

David Snyder

Spent the morning with a few people who in most cases lost everything to the tsunami but have since, with assistance from Caritas, got the tools and supplies they need to restart their businesses.

Having seen much of the country this week, from conflict in the east to post-tsunami construction and inter-religious dialogue in the south, it’s nice to end with something so positive.

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