“Rebuilding Refugees’ Lives in Sri Lanka”
CIC is co-sponsoring a talk organized by the Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies on February 21. Sajith Silva, Catholic Relief Services program coordinator for Sri Lanka, will talk about the vulnerable people displaced by war and how Catholic Relief Services provides hope and support in their efforts to return to their native country and rebuild.
Sri Lanka continues to recover from a decades-long war and the devastating effects of recurrent natural disasters, including the 2004 tsunami. Catholic Relief Services’ work in the country has focused on rebuilding after natural disasters and helping those displaced by war. The conflict left thousands of people with no food, home or way to rebuild their lives. CRS and its partners support returnees by strengthening agriculture livelihoods, training in employable skills, reducing sexual and gender-based violence, and obtaining civil documents.