After more than 25 years of fighting, the civil war in Sri Lanka is predicted to end within months.
Yet the situation may get far worse first as the UN reports some 50,000 civilians are pinned between the Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lanka's army in a less than four-mile stretch of coastline still held by the Tigers.
Medical Teams International
is predicting the worst while preparing for it. The Portland-based group has rushed $3.3 million of emergency health supplies to Sri Lanka, with the capacity to care for 80,000 people displaced by the fighting. MTI has also shipped emergency surgical kits, water, beds, and additional supplies. MTI's staff will be following those supplies to Sri Lanka soon, says Joe DiCarlo, director of international programs for Medical Teams International.
Want to help? Send donations marked Sri Lanka War Relief to Medical Teams International at P.O. Box 10, Portland, Ore. 97207-0010. Or go online to contribute at www.medicalteams.org.