Ottawa offers aid for displaced Sri Lankans

[Toronto Star] The federal government is offering up to $3 million for emergency aid relief to help civilians in Sri Lanka displaced by the conflict in the northern regions of the country. “We’re very concerned about the impact on Sri Lankan civilians,” Bev Oda, the minister of international cooperation said after a morning caucus meeting. […]

The anguish of Sri Lanka

[Boston Globe] THE SHELLING of a hospital pediatric ward Sunday in Sri Lanka gave the world a glimpse of the scorched-earth offensive Sri Lanka’s government has been conducting against the secessionist Tamil Tigers. UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross expressed shock that the hospital was shelled, leaving children and their mothers mutilated, […]

Tamil refugees shelled as army closes in

[The Sunday Times] MORE than 250,000 terrified Tamil men, women and children were trapped between rebel Tamil forces and the army in no man’s land in northern Sri Lanka last night as the 25-year civil war appeared to be nearing a violent conclusion. A 48-hour ceasefire was due to end after the government promised to […]

ANC media statement on the crisis in Sri Lanka

[ANC] The African National Congress (ANC) expresses its very serious concern at the unfolding humanitarian crisis that is emerging on the Island of Sri Lanka. The United Nations International Red Cross Committee has reported that over 300 000 civilians of Tamil origin are caught in the crossfire in the war that is currently raging in […]

Canada ‘deeply concerned’ by Sri Lanka unrest

[ AFP ] The government is “deeply concerned” by the ongoing unrest in northeast Sri Lanka, where Sri Lanka troops and Tamil rebels are locked in a fierce conflict, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said. “Recent developments underline the urgent need for progress toward a meaningful and durable political solution,” said Cannon. After months of intense […]