Some 30 years of conflict in Sri Lanka left the Northern Province severely contaminated with landmines, UXO and Improvised Explosive Devices.
Despite significant progress on demining, the presence of landmines and explosive remnants of war is one factor that continues to restrict the safe return and resettlement of people to their communities of origin. Demining is also a critical component in restoring livelihoods in the Northern Province, as 80% of these communities depend on agriculture as their main source of income.
Australia’s support to mine action remains a key component of its overall support for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in the north.
– Sinhalaya News