How MAG helps in Sri Lanka
By making land safe, MAG is helping people in Sri Lanka to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and futures following the civil war.
As internally displaced people continue to return to the area, it is vital that they have safe land to live and farm on. The land MAG is clearing in Mannar district is some of the most fertile in the country, producing rice and other crucial crops for domestic consumption.
Considered Sri Lanka’s ‘Rice Bowl’ due to its agricultural potency, Mannar suffered greatly during the war, when many kilometres of defensive mine rows were laid. Their lasting legacy rendered fertile land unusable and dangerous for the communities that are re-establishing their lives in the district.
EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICAL
MAG uses a mixture of manual and mechanical teams to maximise the efficiency of the land release process. We train and employ local people, including women, to keep valuable skills and wages in their communities.
A FUTURE FREE FROM FEAR
Life is returning to normal for the people in Sri Lanka’s northern and eastern districts – enabled by the demining teams who have made the land safe.
Now an end is in sight. With international support, Sri Lanka can reach its goal of becoming mine impact-free by 2020. MAG has been working in Sri Lanka since 2002 and this commitment motivates us even more to finish the task in hand.
The remaining contaminated land needs to be cleared and released, allowing the Sri Lankan people to get on with their lives, and get back their futures, free from fear.
Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG