U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: The last fact sheet was dated September 11, 2009.
- From September 19 to 25, the USAID/DCHA Assistant Administrator visited Sri Lanka to meet with Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) officials and representatives from U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and to observe conditions at Manik Farms internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Vavuniya District.
- On September 18, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe concluded a visit to Sri Lanka. During a September 18 press conference, the under-secretary-general stated that Sri Lankan IDPs lack the basic right of freedom of movement and urged the GoSL to allow IDPs who have completed the screening process to depart camps at will. A September 23 to 26 visit from the U.N. Secretary-General's envoy for IDP rights, Walter Kaelin, followed.
- As of September 28, the GoSL conducted 6,813 IDP returns to areas of origin in Ampara, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee, and Vavuniya districts, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The figure includes recent conflict-affected IDPs, as well as long-term IDPs.
- In September, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a pilot project in the eastern district of Batticaloa to help reintegrate demobilized former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) combatants into civilian life. The GoSL also announced plans to finalize an action plan for implementing the National Framework Proposal on Reintegrating Ex-Combatants by the end of September. The GoSL framework is intended to minimize the risk of socio-economic marginalization and increase the employability of former combatants, according to the Sri Lankan disaster management and human rights minister.
- On September 25, the GoSL sought U.N. assistance to establish temporary camps in Jaffna and Mannar districts for the relocation of IDPs currently residing in Manik Farms prior to the onset of the October to January rains.
|NUMBERS AT A GLANCE*||SOURCE|
|IDPs in camps in Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee, and Vavuniya districts||
|OCHA - September 2009|
* Estimates based on improved IDP registration as of September 28, 2009.
FY 2009 HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO DATE
USAID/OFDA Assistance to Sri Lanka:
USAID/FFP1 Assistance to Sri Lanka: $28,329,000
State/PRM Assistance to Sri Lanka: $13,330,000
State/PM/WRA3 Assistance to Sri Lanka: $6,600,000
DoD4 Assistance to Sri Lanka: $1,600,000
Total U.S. Government (USG) Humanitarian Assistance to Sri Lanka: $57,794,926