|Kandy Bishop satisfied with IDP facilities|
|Friday, 13 March 2009|
Upul Balasuriya, Vavuniya Central Group correspondent
Sri Lanka Catholic Bishops Conference Chairman and Kandy Bishop, Rev. Vianney Fernando, said he was happy with the facilities provided to displaced families who have crossed over to Government-controlled areas.
“The Government has treated all alike,” he said after concluding his goodwill visit to Menik farm Welfare Centre, Settikulam where displaced families are housed. The Bishop and his entourage were welcomed by Vavuniya Government Agent G.S.M. Charles at the welfare camp. They inspected the camp and saw the facilities provided to the displaced families.
About 88,000 displaced persons, who have crossed over to the liberated areas, have been housed in 14 welfare centres where food, health and other welfare facilities have been provided. In addition, Vocational Training Courses and self-employment projects have been provided for the youth. A school and a pre-school have been set-up for the children.
The Catholic Priests exchanged their views with the displaced.
“We were living in constant fear in Vanni. We can now live free with facilities provided by the Government. We are thankful to the Government,” they told the priests.
A GCE (A/L) student said they were denied schooling due to Tiger attacks.
“We now have schools inside our camp. Despite difficulties, we will continue our studies till University entrance,” the student said.
Bishop Fernando said they learned about the IDPs through the media.
“We however came here to get first hand experience of the situation. These people are happy today. The children are back in schools. We are happy that the Government is providing all facilities to the displaced people.” Northern Governor Dickson Sarathchandra Dela also participated.
|Last Updated ( Friday, 13 March 2009 )|
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