The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sri Lanka has suspended the distribution of shelter cash grants to displaced returnees due to shortfalls in funding. The humanitarian agency said that the funding was suspended from the 8th of this month.
Humanitarian actors continue to engage with donors to secure funds for Menik Farm operations, where 88,198 IDPs remained as of 11 March. The level of services decreased at the beginning of March due to funding gaps, humanitarian agencies said. Shelter agencies are challenged to secure funds for and build permanent housing in a timeframe corresponding with the pace of returns.
Donor advocacy is also sought to continue to maintain Government services and staff in line with camp populations, particularly for social services, protection of women and children, and health. (Daily Mirror online)
But for sure the government can spend some of the funds recovered from KP for this purpose rather than squander it on election campaigns.
Thursday, 25 March 2010 02:40 PM
I doubt if the rich government ministers would even care for a cent about the ones in need...... :(
Thursday, 25 March 2010 02:49 PM
This is another attempt by the west to influence the election.
Thursday, 25 March 2010 03:53 PM
lets see how the NGOs spin this. Will surely blame the gov in some way.
Thursday, 25 March 2010 04:37 PM
Chinthana government is self sufficient! Do not need UN support any more I guess?
Thursday, 25 March 2010 07:31 PM
Now we'll conveniently blame the plight of the IDP's on the UN and keep parroting-out anti-western conspiracy theories to muster more nationalistic votes.
Thursday, 25 March 2010 07:53 PM
UNHCR, is it because of real shortfall in funds or that you are not happy with the GOSL? Better to tell the truth, rather than 'beat around the bush.'
Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:07 PM
The UN's 'game' is starting. Ready, Get Set, GO .....
Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:46 PM
Yes, why are we dependent? According to the government "WE ARE NO MORE PART OF THE 'THIRD WORLD'"?
Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:37 PM
This is not good news. The inability to help returnees with housing could impede the process of their being released from the welfare centres. The UN and the West have always been demanding quick resettlement of the IDPs. How can the UNHCR resort to a course of action that is in conflict with their avowed intentions?
Thursday, 25 March 2010 11:53 PM
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