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Prince Charles Meets IR Staff in Sri Lanka

03 March 2005

The Prince surveys the damage caused by the tsunami
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'Islamic Relief is a tremendous organisation doing very important work' - HRH Prince Charles

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited the Batticaloa region of Sri Lanka on the 28th of February 2005 to see first-hand the damage caused by the tsunami.

The Prince, accompanied by the British High Commissioner Stephen Evans, met volunteers who were helping to clear up the debris.

'Important Work'

The Prince met IR's head of mission in Sri Lanka, Yousuf Kasujee, and commented that 'Islamic Relief is a tremendous organisation doing very important work'.

The Prince praised IR supporters for donating €12 million so far to the survivors of the tsunami, and said that people had responded well to the appeal.

Representatives of the various communities met the Prince and spoke about how they survived the tsunami and their current living conditions. The Prince was keen to hear from the local Muslim village representative about how the tsunami had affected the Muslim community.

IR in Sri Lanka

The tsunami killed over 30,000 people in Sri Lanka and nearly 600,000 people remain displaced. IR is clearing rubble from people's homes and providing temporary shelter. Future projects in Sri Lanka will include the restoration of water supplies, helping people restart their livelihoods and orphan support.