Humpty Dumpty Institute Hosts Landmine Education Tour (LMET) To Utah
September 27-28, 2010
On Tuesday September 28, Steve, Namal, and Murphy were joined by the Defense Attaché of the Sri Lankan Embassy to the United States Brigadier General Vijitha Ravipriya. In the morning, the group traveled to Orem, Utah and addressed a group of close to fifty students in the Peace and Justice Studies Program of Utah Valley University. General Ravipriya spoke at length about the mine problem in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the recently concluded 30 year civil war. He described how the Sri Lankan Government is working to make Sri Lanka landmine free and to assist victims of landmines. The HDI delegation then traveled to Provo, Utah to give a presentation at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University. The students in attendance from the flagship university of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) were especially interested in HDI’s activities in Sri Lanka as LDS Charities has assisted HDI humanitarian programs through a major contribution of school and hygiene kits for the Sri Lankan Internally Displaced Persons after the conclusion of the civil war.
HDI’s Landmine Education Tour to Utah was a uniquely effective program as it was the first time an LMET had the opportunity to make presentation at three universities on one Tour. We were thus able to educate and inform a large and diverse group of students about the continuing impact landmines have in the developing world, how landmines impede global development, and to highlight HDI’s specific contributions to make landmines and UXO an unfortunate memory of the past.
Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.