UN refugee agency aids nearly 1,000 vulnerable to Sri Lanka reprisal attacks

31 May 2019

Following a series of bomb blasts on Easter Sunday that killed over 250 people and injured many more, concerns have remained for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers living in Sri Lanka.

UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has been working since “day one” with local partners and the Government, in the aftermath of the 21 April attacks on upscale hotels and Christian churches, following reports of Muslim refugees being targeted by angry mobs.

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani and Afghan nationals, have sought shelter in safe areas, including in local mosques and police stations in Negombo and Pasyala near Colombo.

UN News’s Sachin Gaur, spoke to Nilanthi Lowrensu Hewage, Protection Associate at UNHCR, about the work the agency has been doing to help the vulnerable.

Audio Credit:
Sachin Gaur, UN News Hindi
Audio Duration:
7'17"

 

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