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Sri Lanka: Farmers released

22-03-2001 News Release 01/11

Four farmers from Padaviya, in Anuradhapura district, were handed over to the ICRC staff in the Wanni area on 15 March after being held for 15 months by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). ICRC delegates escorted them across the lines to a joyous reunion with their families in their home village.
 
Earlier, on 2 March, two fishermen from Vavuniya district, detained by the LTTE since last December, were similarly released to the ICRC in the Wanni and reunited with their families.
 
The ICRC has been working since 1989 in Sri Lanka, where it currently has 48 expatriates and 300 national staff operating out of its delegation in Colombo and its 12 offices in the north and east of the country.