Reporter Witness – Scorched earth, craters mark Sri Lanka’s war zone. By JOHN HEILPRIN , AP

– The government has denied firing heavy weapons into what had been a battlefield densely populated with civilians. But the helicopter tour the military gave U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a group of journalists Saturday revealed widespread devastation. – Another woman, Krishnaleela, 42, said her family came under shelling from the military and one […]

22nd May 2009 – Banned arms’ use caused high casualties in Sri Lanka, says aid worker

By Carol Glatz , Catholic News Service (Editor’s Note: References to the specific aid organization have been deleted at the request of the agency, which is trying to protect its workers.)ROME (CNS) — Sri Lankan government forces killed or injured 25,000-30,000 civilians in the span of just a few days during its final offensive against […]

26 March 2009 : Briefing on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka by John Holmes , UN

Full text of John Holmes brief to the UN Council: Briefing on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator 26 March 2009 Thank you, Mr. President, for this opportunity to brief members of the Council about the current humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. I also […]

ICRC : Sri Lanka: ever more sick and wounded evacuated from conflict area to hospital

Since 10 February the ICRC has evacuated thousands of people from conflict-weary northern Sri Lanka to Trincomalee district for medical treatment. Martin Hermann, an ICRC surgeon, speaks about the evacuated patients and his work. Why is the ICRC evacuating civilians out of the Vanni? As fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers […]