Sri Lanka's orphanages face food shortages

STORY: Hit hard by the global health crisis and tax cuts by the Rajapaksa government, Sri Lanka is in the midst of its worst economic crisis since it won independence from Britain in 1948.

Inflation of over 50% and shortages of food, fuel and medicines have brought thousands onto the streets in months of protests that culminated in Rajapaksa's ouster and forced the country to seek help from overseas.

A sudden stoppage of funds from foreign funds and non-governmental organizations has forced the authorities at Gunasekara Child Development Center to limit the amount of food being provided to the children.

"These children who are sheltered, they are in the vulnerable group," said acting commissioner for the Department of Probation and Child Care Services, Thanuja Dissanayake.

Children, who were earlier served four curries, are now being served only two amid gas and food shortage.

"We have been doing our very best with the limited amount of food that we have in this place," said Orphanages' centre manager, Gayatri Amaratunga.

Sri Lanka had begun preliminary discussions with the International Monetary Fund about a potential bailout loan.

Sri Lanka has received aid and other support amounting to $3.8 billion from neighbor India this year. India is willing to make more investments in Sri Lanka. It has also sought help from China, its fourth biggest lender.

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