Oct 03, Colombo: A group of Sri Lankan diaspora youth in the UK has visited Sri Lanka from August to September 2012 as part of a wider programme supporting reconciliation in Sri Lanka, the British High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.
The visit by the group of six young people comprising British-Sri Lankan youth of Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim heritage, and of multiple religions have visited the country with the support of the Britsh High Commission to learn more about the country and to play their part in promoting post-war reconciliation and development.
During their visit to Sri Lanka, the group has attended the annual conference of Sri Lanka Unites in Jaffna, meeting and learning from hundreds of young people from across the island, and forming friendships with a diverse range of Sri Lankans.
They have also travelled to Anuradhapura, Kandy, Hambantota and Colombo, meeting community and youth groups focusing on reconciliation, skills development and economic enterprise.
The visit has provided an excellent opportunity for the diaspora youth to connect with Sri Lankan youth across the country.
"The group took away an improved understanding of the ground situation and of current opportunities and challenges for young people . They also left with a renewed determination to support reconciliation and development, and to encourage other young British Sri Lankans to do so too," the High Commission said.
The groupís visit was organized by International Alert and supported by the British High Commission, Colombo.