For those who escape the Vanni region, there is nothing to do but wait – and worry about those left behind


MSF is ready to assist the population of the camps by providing independent and confidential mental health services and we are discussing access with the authorities. The civilian population in the Vanni are suffering heavily as a result of the violence. Out of the 953 admissions of wounded and sick people evacuated from the Vanni between February 11 and the March 8, 584 were in need of surgery. The majority of the surgical cases (92 percent) are violence related. The wounds are predominantly caused by shrapnel and shooting. MSF remains extremely worried about the situation for approximately 150,000 civilians remaining in the Vanni.

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