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Three Months after the Massacre in Sri Lanka, Action Against Hunger Remains Mobilized

Three months ago, on August 6, all 17 employees of Action Against Hunger’s base in Muttur, Sri Lanka, were found shot to death at their offices. So that no one forgets this tragedy, a Commemoration is being organized in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a minute’s silence will be observed around the world. Action Against Hunger continues to work at speeding up the official investigations and is making every effort to disclose the truth.

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.

ACF Notes Initial Report on Sri Lankan Massacre, Awaits Official Investigation

International cease-fire monitors, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), made a declaration earlier today about the slaughter of the 17 Action Against Hunger (ACF) staff in Muthur, northeast Sri Lanka, in early August.

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.

Growing Insecurity in Sri Lanka

For a month now, incidents of extreme violence have been causing concerns about a resumption of conflict in Sri Lanka. The deterioration of security conditions in the east and north of the country is forcing populations to flee from violence. Day after day, and despite a reduction in humanitarian space, Action Against Hunger continues helping populations who are in need of support more than ever.

Jean-Christophe Rufin, President of ACF-France, Visits Post-Tsunami South Asia

Jean-Christophe Rufin, President of Action Against Hunger France, is bringing his support to the teams and to the victims of the disaster. He left Wednesday and is currently at the Action Against Hunger base in Batticaloa, on the East coast of Sri Lanka - one of the areas most affected by the tsunami. He will return to France on Sunday.

Separately, a cargo plane chartered by Action Against Hunger will take off tonight at 10pm from Vatry (Marne) for Sri Lanka, with volunteers and 40 tons of equipment on board.

Tsunami in Sri Lanka Worsens Pre-Existing Crisis

When the tsunami of December 26 hit Sri Lanka with 50-foot waves traveling more than 1.5 miles inland, the country was already reeling from floods two weeks earlier. Over a period of 10 days, floods had destroyed thousands of homes and half the local paddy fields, slashing January's projected food harvest by 75% and leaving 61,000 Sri Lankans affected.

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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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