The Sri Lankan civil war started in 1983 when the Tamil people (a minority population who live in the north and east of Sri Lanka) wanted to create their own separate state. The Sri Lankan government heavily opposed this and set out a mandate to completely eradicate the Liberation Tigers of Eelam who were fighting on behalf on the Tamil.
Many innocent people were caught in the crossfire. The Sri Lankan government did not allow civilians to flee affected areas, and they banned aid workers from entering the conflict zones, leaving thousands trapped without basic survival necessities. The UN has since voted to investigate the humanitarian and war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government during the 26-year long war, but this does not immediately help those still trying to pick up the pieces.
Whilst it’s been more than a decade since the conflict ended, of 300,000 internally displaced people, thousands are still interred in government camps, and many more are living in conditions incompatible with human life.
Children are denied an education due to restricted movement and the fact that many schools have been destroyed. UKIM runs a highly successful Hafiz Education Sponsorship programme that encompasses both a Quranic and mainstream education, but thousands of children are still not enrolled in school. Please donate to our appeal so we can continue to give children in Sri Lanka the best gift of all – an education.