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* England cricketers observe MAG demining operations in Sri Lanka
Mon, Nov 19, 2018, 08:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 19, Colombo: The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) on Monday welcomed members of the England cricket team to its operations in Periyamadu, Mannar, in the north-west of Sri Lanka.

Following their Test match, cricketers Joe Root (Captain), Jonny Bairstow, Keaton Jennings and Olly Stone visited an area where MAG is clearing landmines. They then played cricket with children at a nearby school.

Demining is a vital undertaking in Sri Lanka, supporting post-conflict peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts directly and indirectly. The UK government has been funding this work through the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund (CSSF) with nearly 2.5m of support since 2016.

"Sixty million people around the world live in fear of landmines and unexploded bombs - with someone killed or injured every hour. Almost half are children," Jane Cocking, MAG's Chief Executive said.

"By visiting a minefield today the players are highlighting how this urgent issue impacts communities in Sri Lanka and around the world. Our target is to support Sri Lanka to become landmine free by 2020, so there will be no more minefields here to visit, and no more accidents and fear."

This visit is being delivered in close coordination with the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, and will be attended by the High Commissioner, James Dauris.

"It's hard for most people to imagine what it's like when, every time you go for a walk or see your children playing with their friends, you worry that someone will get killed or badly injured. Yet this is what it has been like for years for all those people in Sri Lanka who live in areas where there are still landmines in the ground a decade after fighting ended," High Commissioner Dauris said.

"Everyone in the UK can be proud of the contribution we are making towards Sri Lanka becoming landmine free again. Clearing the land of mines means that local people can go back to living normal lives without having to worry all the time about the risks of a potentially fatal injury. This brave and painstaking work makes it safe for people to return to their homes and their fields, and allows communities to rebuild. It allows young people to come together and to play cricket without fear."

"I'm delighted that today's visit by members of the England Cricket Team will raise awareness of the vital work that UK charities, including MAG and the Halo Trust, are doing in Sri Lanka with the support of the UK Government."

The three-decade civil war which ended in 2009 resulted in large areas of both the northern and eastern provinces being widely contaminated with landmines and unexploded bombs.

MAG has been working in Sri Lanka since 2002 locating and removing landmines and other unexploded bombs. Since the end of the conflict in 2009, MAG has released over 35 million square meters of land, cleared over 42,000 mines and 14,800 other unexploded bombs in Sri Lanka.


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