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Tsunami relief

Im April 2005 sah der Strand bei Kalmunai trotz intensiver Aufräumarbeiten immer noch so aus, dass man sich das Ausmaß der Katastrophe sehr lebendig vorstellen kann.
Im April 2005 sah der Strand bei Kalmunai trotz intensiver Aufräumarbeiten immer noch so aus, dass man sich das Ausmaß der Katastrophe sehr lebendig vorstellen kann.

On December 26th, 2004 a series of tsunamis lead to widespread devastation of coastal Southeast Asia. In Sri Lanka the east coast as well as the south and southwest coasts are hit hardest by the tsunami.

 

By February 2005 a first task group of Homöopathen ohne Grenzen offers emergency relief in Sri Lanka’s East coast city Kalmunai, as well as in surrounding emergency shelters and in children’s homes. Each team of two homeopaths remains on site for 2-4 weeks after which it is replaced by the next team.

 

The region had been particularly devastated- in Kalmunai one in ten of the 35 000 inhabitants had died. Almost everybody has lost relatives due to the tsunami. Many families lost all their belongings. The people that survived are heavily traumatized, suffering from fears, insomnia, loss of appetite, depression, and many physical complaints.

 

Our homeopathic help is met by widespread interest. The Mayor, the Ampara District Secretary, the Government Homeopathic Hospital, Welisara and the Bureau for Coastal Development all emphasize the importance of us continuing our work in the long term. The directors of the children’s homes report that the mental and physical health of the children improved substantially. Following treatment many patients feel relieved of their physical pain as well as their fears and have started eating and sleeping again. Many have regained their courage and start rebuilding their homes and lives.

 

Homeopathy is known in Sri Lanka, but there are only very few doctors in the country with profound homeopathic knowledge. Therefore, we soon started planning homeopathic training in order to ensure continuation of a homeopathic services by local homeopaths in the long term. 

(please continue reading on page 2 about the last years of the civil war)

Civil War Reignites in 2006

In summer of 2006 Sri Lanka is plunged back into civil war that had been ravaging the country since 1983. Our plans of installing a homeopathic curriculum are destroyed. In October 2006 we are forced to quit our work due to security reasons. Up to this point we had been continuously active in the region and had treated over 5000 patients.

 

Thanks to the special efforts of one of our colleagues during the phase of closing our office after October 2006 we were not only able to preserve contacts that had already been established but new contacts could still be made, as in particular with the Peraliya Community Health Center and its director Dr. DeZoysa in the Sinhalese West of the country.

Due to our medical help after the tsunami, our clear neutrality in political issues and our continuous contact throughout the difficult recent years we feel we have been able to gain respect and trust. This has laid the foundation for us to be able to quickly pick up work again where we had had to leave it.

The Aftermath of the Civil War

On May 19th, 2009, the civil war ended with the defeat of the army of the LTTE, a Tamil separatist group. The final days of civil war must be considered most horrid with the civilian population of the Northeast of the country suffering immensely, caught between the front lines of war, having nowhere to escape to.

More than 25 years of civil war with all its horrors and atrocities are not easily overcome, thus there still remain divisions between the ethnic groups. But today we meet people everywhere in Sri Lanka, who are truly committed to reconciliation and to the reconstruction of the country. At this point we would like to raise special attention to the work of Dr. DeZoysa at Community Peraliya Health Center, who is dedicating immense energy to further education and training, sharing his knowledge with his Tamil colleagues, and we would also like to shed a special light on the Sewalanka Foundation, with which we share a long history of trustful cooperation. We owe these people our solidarity and support. We hope that through our work we not only advance homeopathy in Sri Lanka but we also hope to play a small part in the peace process of the country.

Today Sri Lanka no longer is found among the headlines of world news reports, but the country is still ailing from 25 years of civil war. Also the psychological trauma as well as the damage to the infrastructure of the country by the tsunami and the immense violence in the last phase of the civil war have lead to large scale suffering and misery among the population many being displaced. Ongoing help is desperately needed.

 

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Sri Lanka Info

Area:65 610 km²
Population:app. 20.5 Mio, 80% Sinhalese, 10% Tamils, 7% Sri Lankan Moors, 0.8% Burghers
Religion:

Buddhism 70%, Hinduism 15%, Islam 7.5%, 

Christianity 7.5% (source: Wikipedia)

Languages:Sinhala and Tamil, English as language of education and commerce
Life expectancy:72 years