Thursday, January 29, 2009
Reports are that the situation is rapidly deteriorating for some 250,000 civilians who find themselves trapped in war-torn northern Sri Lanka. The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) has helped evacate some wounded civilians. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense, Public Security, Law and Order has posted a message on its website calling the ICRC "naive" because it asked "both sides" to allow the evacuation of civilians. The ICRC must remain neutral when trying to operate in conflicts such as this.