US concerned over poor conditions for war refugees

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2012 11:50 AM
US concerned over poor conditions for war refugees

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States says that it is concerned over Sri Lanka resettling some of its war-displaced civilians without basic facilities in their rush to close down a massive refugee camp.

The U.S Embassy said Thursday that many war-affected families have been resettled in hastily cleared land without adequate shelter, water, sanitation or livelihoods available for residents.

Sri Lanka last month closed down a refugee camp known as Manik Farm that has housed hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians since the country's quarter-century civil war ended in 2009.

But the United Nations said 346 people from 110 families who were last to leave the camp could not return home because their lands are occupied by the military and they have been kept elsewhere.