Disciples News Service

Church Leaders Urge U.S. To Help Protect Civilians In Sri Lanka

General Minister and President Sharon E. Watkins and our Global Ministry partners have submitted a letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to work to end the violence in Sri Lanka. The letter was also signed by John H. Thomas, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, Cally Rogers-Witte, executive minister of UCC Wider Church Ministries and co-executive of Global Ministries, and David A. Vargas, president of Disciples Division of Overseas Ministries and co-executive of Global Ministries.

Violence between the Sri Lanka government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Wanni region has caught an estimated 250,000 civilians in the conflict. The letter to Obama states in part: "Pastors of our partner churches have been wounded by shelling while in purported safe areas. Two hospitals and a children’s home have been hit. There is a severe shortage of food, medical staff and supplies, and shelter." Read The Letter (PDF)