Humanitarian Demining

U.S. servicemembers train Sri Lankan army to make country safer

By Army Staff Sgt. Robert Ham, U.S. Army Public Affairs

From 1983 to 2009, Sri Lanka was in a state of civil war. Once the fighting was over, millions of landmines were scattered throughout the conflict zones. Since 2007, the Sri Lankan Army, with the help of the international community, has cleared nearly 2,000 square kilometers of land containing mines.

Now, U.S. servicemembers are at Camp Boo Oya, in Sri Lankan’s northern province, to train soldiers from the Sri Lankan Engineer Brigade in basic medical care, demining operations and how to safely identify unexploded ordnance.

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