Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Our Christmas appeal: Home for Christmas

Surenthiran and her family love their new home

When Surenthiran’s home was destroyed in Sri Lanka’s  civil war, her family spent years living in camps and shelters.

 Here, she describes the joy of having a safe home for Christmas…  “Soldiers burst into our village. They took our home, so we moved to a camp.

When we went back, our house was gone so we lived in a mud hut on our rice field.

No words can describe our suffering.  I would think: ‘How long must we bear this?  Will we live or will we die? ’

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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.

Please light a candle in remembrance of those who died in the tsunami, and support our vital emergency work

You can play a crucial role in saving lives across the world whenever and wherever disaster strikes – by pledging regular financial support to our Emergency Response Team (ERT)

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