17 humanitarian workers murdered

On August 4, 2006, in Muttur (Sri Lanka) seventeen employees of our NGO were killed. They were carrying out a mission of solidarity to support vulnerable populations hit by the tsunami of 2004. In our offices, clearly identifiable as aid workers with their T-shirts marked ACF, they were brought to their knees and shot. If the target was humanitarian action on that day, seventeen people, seventeen women and men lost their lives. Seventeen people were targeted because they were providing essential support to the populations trapped in a devastating conflict.

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M. Narmathan
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I. Muralitharan
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R. Arulrajah
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T. Pratheeban
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A. Jaseelan
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G. Kavitha

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K. Kovarthani
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V. Kokilavathani
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S. Romila
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M. Ketheswaran
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M. Rishikesan
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S.P. Anantharajah

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G. Sritharan
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S. Koneswaran
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S. Ganesh
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Y. Kodeeswaran
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A.L.M. Jawffar
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10 years after Muttur's tragedy

As a result of this crime we decided to stop our operations in Sri Lanka in 2008. After having followed eighteen months of various investigations, the painful decision to leave the country was made, de facto depriving many people of the vital assistance they were expecting. In the face of pressures and retaliations, most of the families of the victims had to leave their home and go into exile worldwide.


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10 years, little progress

Ten years later, little has happened in Sri Lanka to bring justice to the families of the victims. For over ten years now, we have again and again strived to ensure that this crime does not remain unpunished and have requested the opening of an investigation on several occasions. Over the past ten years, we have published several reports and we have made them available to the authorities. These documents show reliable elements to identify those who planned and carried out these targeted murders, involving members of the security forces. They have been all ignored by the Sri Lankan authorities.
In March 2014, at the United Nations Human Rights Council, we demanded that an international investigation be opened on this crime.
An international investigation was conducted on war crimes committed during the 2006-2009 civil war. In its conclusions, the Human Rights Council shared Action contre la Faim findings: the exactions were likely committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces. We are now waiting for the establishment of a Special Tribunal to bring justice to our colleagues, employees and friends. Their families are still waiting for answers.

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10 years of lives

Ten years is really a long time. While we have been actively seeking justice for our 17 colleagues killed, in 10 years we could have brought significant support to the affected populations in Sri Lanka. Discover what our teams have accomplished in the many countries where we intervene:
Read their stories

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10 years after Muttur's tragedy:
never forget, never give up.

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