Sri Lankan IDPs
|Assistant Secretary Eric Schwartz visited Sri Lanka to observe conditions in refugee camps where approximately 280,000 Sri Lankans are currently living since they were displaced by fighting earlier this year. The United States has provided over fifty million dollars for humanitarian assistance in Sri Lanka so far in 2009, and Mr. Schwartz used his visit to focus attention on the need to promptly return the displaced in safety and dignity. |
Mr. Schwartz brought good news: “I am pleased to announce a U.S. contribution of eight million dollars in support of return, recovery and the resumption of a normal and more productive life for the many tens of thousands who were forced to flee their homes. As is the case with all such assistance we provide, we will seek to encourage the involvement of local communities in the design and implementation of projects.