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Scots charity clears 200,000 landmines from Sri Lanka

A Scottish charity has reached a significant milestone in its efforts to clear a former war torn part of Sri Lanka of landmines.

The Halo Trust, based at Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway, announced that it has cleared 200,000 landmines in the country.

The project is thought to have helped 150,000 people return home after years of displacement due to the country's civil war.

Damian O'Brien, the charity's programme manager in Sri Lanka, told BBC Scotland that there is much work to be done in order to meet the country's landmine-free deadline of 2020.

  • 11 Dec 2015