The current conflict in Sri Lanka has displaced more than 180,000, and more remain trapped in the conflict zone, U.N. sources said. CCF is implementing a humanitarian response for displaced children who fled the conflict and now find themselves in camps in the north. In recent weeks, more than 110,000 people have fled the conflict zone, joining 70,000 who fled earlier this year.
CCF Sri Lanka National Director Guru Naik says children, including infants, are suffering from malnutrition and diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. Children are also struggling with the trauma of hiding in trenches to escape shelling, witnessing the death of family members and the destruction of their homes.
CCF currently has active child protection and development programs in the southern and eastern portions of Sri Lanka, including Trincomalee district, which neighbors the Mullaitvu coastal belt where heavy fighting is taking place. CCF is assessing the situation of children who have suffered the most, or who are still most at risk to determine the response needed. However, CCF’s Child-Centered Spaces will be critical places to give children safety, help them recover from the situation, and to regain their health and well-being.