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International Statement: Call for Access to Populations Trapped by War And Respect of Humanitarian Aid Workers in Sri Lanka

17 employees of humanitarian non governmental organization (NGO) Action Against Hunger/Action Contre la Faim (ACF) were deliberately massacred in Muttur (East Sri Lanka) on 4th of August, 2006. This act represents an escalation of violence targeting humanitarian actors, and as such is unprecedented in Sri Lanka. We are appalled by this war crime.

Crisis In Lebanon: An Eyewitness Account of War

The bombs are falling less than a kilometer away. The Action Against Hunger (ACF) office in Beirut is in the Shiyeh neighborhood, a frequent target of Israeli attacks. On Sunday, August 13, at noon, a powerful blast shook the windows of the Aoun supermarket where Arantxa, the director, Seigmond, the logistician, and I were shopping for emergency. In war, uncertainty becomes an emergency, so we needed to be prepared. Five hundred meters from the supermarket entrance, we saw a column of thick, black smoke that cleared in the sun within a few minutes.

Moment of Silence Ceremony for 17 Executed Workers

Over the weekend all 17 of Action Against Hunger's (ACF) employees in Muttur, Sri Lanka were found dead lying face down at the organization's base. Action Against Hunger and international human rights group have called for an independent investigation into the deaths of the staff.

Action Against Hunger International Network Demands Full Inquiry Into Muttur "War Crime"

Following the terrible massacre of 17 Action Against Hunger employees in Muttur (Trincomalee district),Action Against Hunger - France organized a press conference in Paris, with Jean-Christophe Rufin (Honorary President), Benoit Miribel (Action Against Hunger - France Executive Director) and Thomas Gonnet, Head of Operations in the Paris office on Wednesday the 9th of August.

Every Member of the Action Against Hunger Team in Muttur was Killed

All seventeen of Action Against Hunger's employees in Muttur were found dead lying face down at the organization's base in Muttur. An Action Against Hunger team arrived at the scene and has officially confirmed the scale of the massacre. Amid ongoing fighting, the team recovered the bodies of the 17 national employees and brought them back to Trincomalee.

Fifteen Humanitarian Workers Killed in Sri Lanka

On Sunday, August 6, 2006, Action Against Hunger's offices in Paris confirmed the deaths of 15 of the organization's aid workers in the Sri Lankan town of Muttur. Benôit Miribel, Director-General of the organization described the disaster as the worst in Action Against Hunger's 27 years of existence.

Obstacles to Action in Congo: Lack of Access Hinders Humanitarian Interventions

While international media attention is focused on the war in Iraq, forgotten humanitarian crises continue in areas of nominal peace, like Shabunda, DRC, where international humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) continues to encounter problems of access to the population in need.

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About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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