Mine clearance | Project duration: 2019
Civil war raged in Sri Lanka for 16 years from 1983 to 2009. Around 100,000 people lost their lives. Both warring parties – the governmental troops and the LTTE, the Tamil military organisation – mined huge swathes of land and left behind countless remnants of war. Mine-clearing activities began in 2002 while fighting was still ongoing, but a part of the demined areas were later recontaminated. The current government is working to free Sri Lanka from mines and in 2018 ratified both the Ottawa Treaty and the Oslo Treaty. Consolidated efforts made it possible to reduce the remaining contamination to an area of 25 square kilometres by the end of 2018. The government's vision is to free Sri Lanka of mines completely by 2020.
This is the first project in Sri Lanka for World Without Mines. We will finance a 29-strong demining team from the local organisation Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH) for a period of one year. The team members belong to various ethnic groups, often come from destitute backgrounds and are able to achieve economic independence through their work. Demining activities promote mutual understanding and contribute towards reconciliation and sustainable peace in the country.
What we want to achieve
We are working to help Sri Lanka achieve its goal of freedom from mines as soon as possible. By supporting DASH, we are also providing jobs and therefore an income for people from destitute families that help build their self-confidence and benefit the whole family.
Pictures: DASH and HALO Trust