Japan grants additional $ 860,500 for demining
The Japanese government extended an additional US$ 860,500 (Rs.107
million) grant aid for humanitarian demining in the North through the
HALO Trust to expedite the government's efforts to achieve a mine-free
The HALO Trust program Manager Bartholomew Digby said the Trust has
been conducting mine clearance in the North with government support
since 2002 throughout Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Trincomalee and Mullaitivu
He said over 1,000 locals, including women, have been employed.
Digby said 2013 marks 10 years of support for The HALO Trust by the
Japanese government through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots
Human Security Project.
Over this time, Japanese funded mine clearance teams cleared over 660
hectares of land with landmines and explosives, and have safely removed
and destroyed over 23,000 landmines and 1,400 items of unexploded
The clearance of this land has enabled the resettlement and the
resumption of livelihoods for residents including those displaced in the
last years of the humanitarian operation.The removal of explosives has
allowed for the development and renovation of infrastructure; from roads
to reservoirs to schools, which will benefit Sri Lankans.
The grant contract was signed by Japanese ambassador Nobuhito Hobo
and The HALO Trust program manager Bartholomew Digby at the ambassador's
residence in Colombo yesterday.