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Remnants of war

In 2002, peace broke out in Sri Lanka after two decades of conflict between government and secessionist rebels. 250,000 displaced people returned to their homes in the contested north of the island and another 750,000 were expected to follow. Clearing landmines and unexploded munitions is critical for their safety and has formed an important part of the peace talks. The landmine clearance charity MAG (Mines Advisory Group) was one of the first humanitarian agencies on the ground when the cease-fire took effect, and its work, in partnership with local organisations such as Humanitarian Demining Unit and White Pigeon, will allow many who have survived the war to survive the peace.
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