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UNHCR to resume financial aid to displaced Tamil in Lanka

The UN refugee agency, which was forced to suspend "shelter cash grants" to the displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka`s Wanni region due to resource crunch, will shortly resume its assistance following contribution by donors.



Colombo: The UN refugee agency, which was
forced to suspend "shelter cash grants" to the displaced
Tamils in Sri Lanka`s Wanni region due to resource crunch,
will shortly resume its assistance following contribution by
donors.

"... thanks to recent contributions by donors, the
refugee agency will be restarting the shelter cash grants by
the end of the week," the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) said.

Most of these funds will be used to assist some 10,000
families which have returned to their homes in the war-ravaged
North but have not yet received the grant, the UN agency said
in a statement.

During the past month, the UNHCR was forced to suspend
the assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to a
funding shortfall.

To help the IDPs rebuild their lives, the UN body had
been providing each returning family with a shelter cash grant
of Rs 25,000 through the state Bank of Ceylon. More than
40,000 families had already received the cash grant by March,
the statement said.

The UNHCR had also drawn the attention of the authorities
to the problems faced by widows in the North who are now
solely running their households.

"Many communities tell us about the issues they are
facing upon return," it said.

"For instance, single women as heads of households in the
Wanni region say they have few opportunities to generate
income upon return. They also face challenges in obtaining
certain types of documentation, such as death certificates for
their deceased husbands," UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic
said.

"These documents are necessary (for them) to become
eligible for widows` allowances and governmental support," he
said.

PTI

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