Conditions in Sri Lanka’s north ‘like Somalia’


SO little independent, verifiable information is coming out of northern Sri Lanka at the moment that I thought I should share this BBC report based on an interview with a World Food Programme employee, John Campbell, broadcast on the network’s Sinhala service. Speaking from a waterlogged village in a rebel-controlled area, he made this observation about conditions being endured by many of the estimated 230,00 people displaced by the fighting. “It is basic as it can be,” he said, stepping unwittingly into the minefield of Sri Lankan politics, “I haven’t seen anything so basic since when I was in Somalia.”

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