Almost 40,000 Sri Lankans Displaced by Violence Since April 2006
The upsurge in violence in Sri Lanka has uprooted an additional 39,883 people in the country’s north and east in just two months, April and May 2006.
Some 639,400 people are estimated to be long-term displaced, according to figures by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This includes 314,378 people displaced by the conflict, and about 325,000 that remain uprooted by the effects of the December 2004 tsunami. (Among those displaced by the conflict, 67,000 live in mostly decrepit camps, and 247,000 live with relatives and friends.) There are another 125,000 Sri Lankan refugees abroad, 68,000 of them in India.
Amnesty International, “Sri Lanka: Over Half a Million Displaced People Suffer Effects of Intensifying Violence,” Press Release, 29 June 2006.
Amnesty International, Sri Lanka: Waiting to Go Home—The Plight of the Internally Displaced, 29 June 2006.
Simon Gardner, “Sri Lanka’s Forgotten War Displaced Long to Start Over,” Boston Globe, 28 June 2006.