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* Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau monitoring the security of migrant workers in South Sudan
Mon, Dec 23, 2013, 01:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment said that it is monitoring the situation of the Sri Lankan migrant workers in South Sudan as violence escalates in that country.

Spokesperson and Deputy Manager of the SLFBE Mangala Randeniya said the Sri Lankan migrant workers are not in danger yet but security measures have taken to assure their safety.

"Sri Lankan migrant workers currently working in Sudan have not faced any danger as yet and it has been reported that they are living in safe conditions," Randeniya told local media.

He said the SLFBE is in constant contact with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kenya and the mission has been instructed to provide security for the Sri Lankan migrant workers in South Sudan.

The official further said that until further notice, the Bureau has halted migrant workers leaving for employment in Sudan due to the turmoil.

He added that currently there are about 65-70 Sri Lankan migrant workers in Sudan and around 45 of them have informed the Embassy that they are safe.

The Bureau together with the Ministry of External affairs will take immediate steps to bring the Sri Lankan migrant workers home if the necessity arises, the official assured.

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