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UN effort to get safe passage for Sri Lankan children

[ The Independent ]

A senior UN official has met leaders of the Sri Lankan government amid reports that food supplies for civilians trapped in the northern war zone are running short and that up to 4,500 people may have been killed in the past three months. As photographs emerged from the so-called “no-fire zone” that show scenes of utter misery and hardship, a government health official in the region claimed that at least five children were dying every day from diarrhoea and malnutrition and that many mothers were too emaciated to nurse their babies. The government in Colombo has denied claims that people trapped there are suffering from malnutrition.

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