Sri Lanka gets Japanese aid for reviving livelihoods

Oct 28, 2011 (LBO) – Japan has given financial aid to support efforts to help ex-combatants and other affected people in Sri Lanka’s former northern war zone to resume their livelihoods. The Japanese government gave 122 million yen (about 1.5 million US dollars) to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for “reintegration and reconciliation” efforts in northern conflict-affected communities.

“Reintegration of ex-Tamil Tiger cadres and conflict-affected vulnerable people into society are important to the reconciliation process,” Nobuhito Hobo, the Ambassador of Japan to the island said.

The aid will help provide employment opportunities and adequate training needed for people to engage in livelihoods, he added.

Japan also given aid for demining that would enable people to return to their homes and resume their livelihoods.

The grant funds will contribute to human security and stability, helping the process of reintegrating ex-combatants and conflict-affected vulnerable groups into society, said Richard Danziger, Chief of Mission, IOM, Sri Lanka.

“The work is part of our efforts to consolidate peace and further the country’s economic prosperity,” he sa