Tsunami orphans still languish in shelters
By Hemanthi Guruge
More than 5,500 tsunami affected orphaned children still remain in shelters around the country, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) revealed yesterday adding that it would launch a programme to seek guardians for these children.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, NCPA Chairman Jagath Wellawatta also said that more than Rs. 10,000 has been allocated for the welfare of each child who had lost both parents during the tsunami while Rs. 5,000 had been allocated for a child who has lost a single parent.
He further said that there were at least 422 orphaned children in the Jaffna peninsula out of which 355 children still remain in tsunami camps.
Some of these children are faced with the dilemma of being unable to obtain a death certificate of their parents and as a result the Ministry of Justice has now come forward to provide the necessary assistance.