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After 26 years, the Tamil Tigers, who had previously managed their own army, police, courts, and even taxation system, effectively surrendered to Sri Lanka's army.

No one knows how the struggle for an independent Tamil homeland will turn out now, but one thing is for certain: the country is facing a massive humanitarian crisis.

More than 200,000 people are living in squalid refugee camps, after fleeing the intense fighting of the past few months.

Struggling to cope with the flood of weak, traumatised, and often injured people, the Sri Lankan government has asked for urgent international assistance – but at the same time, it has also limited the access that international relief organisations have to the overcrowded camps.

On Monday Riz speaks with John Holmes, the top United Nations official in charge of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired on Monday, May 18, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera