Five Catholic priests detained in Sri Lanka refugee camps
Five Catholic priests of Tamil origin are being held in refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka.
The Bishop of Jaffna, Thomas Savundaranayagam has written to the Ministry of Defense asking for their release. They were rescued by the military from the war zone but were sent to refugee camps where their being detained.
JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (UCAN) -- Five Tamil Catholic priests who were trapped in the war zone remain detained in refugee camps in northern Sri Lanka.
Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam of Jaffna confirms this. "They were rescued by the military from the war zone," he told UCA News on June 1. "They worked for the people. They should be sent to Jaffna."
The bishop said he had written to the Ministry of Defense five days earlier asking for the release of the priests. He added that Catholics in general as well as parents of the detained priests are concerned and shocked by the situation.
The Bishop said both the Sri lanka government and the LTTE were responsible for the deaths of the civilians and criticized Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse for launching the final attack that "brought so much suffering."
He stated that the casualties are due to the heavy artillery and shell fire that was used by both sides of the battle, and he criticized Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse for launching the final attack that "brought so much suffering."
The five priests are detained in Vavuniya.
The five priests remain in Vavuniya, the site of four relief camps and a former gateway to the northern war zone.