Germany has increased funding provided for demining in Sri Lanka.
According to the German Embassy in Colombo during 2019, the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) provided a sum of 2 Million Euros to HALO Trust towards demining activities in affected areas of the Northern Province in Sri Lanka.
Germany has now also allocated an additional 1 Million Euros to the organization as well as an extension for completion of the demining project.
Utilizing the grant by Germany, HALO has made over 500,000m² of land in Northern Sri Lanka safe since 1 January 2019.
Over the past 23 months, GFFO funded teams have worked across 78 minefields in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, and Mullaitivu Districts clearing their communities of the deadly legacy of war.
GFFO-funded deminers have located and destroyed 15,356 explosive items, including over 2,000 landmines, 800 items of unexploded ordnance, such as grenades and mortars and over 12,000 small arms ammunition.