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TV man hails students' good news.

Tv newsman George Alagiah has given his support to a North East university's project to help rebuild a community devastated by the Asian tsunami.

The Sri Lanka-born journalist, who is a Durham University graduate, visited the south of the country earlier this year to see how a group of students were helping rebuild a community at Palana West.

Among the students' tasks is the rebuilding of a pre-school with funds raised by them and the Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK) over the next six months.

The Durham students will also help teach students at the University of Ruhuna at the heart of the tsunami-devastated southern province, and in a school at Moraketiara.

Long-term links between the universities are being developed, With a staff exchange programme planned.

George Alagiah said: "After some fifteen years covering crises around the world, whether it was in Somalia in the 90s or Sri Lanka after the tsunami, I have also learned that some of the most important work goes on after the cameras have left and the headline writers have had their say.

"Without quiet, unheralded, long term help communities can be permanently set back.

"That is why I support the work the students and staff of Durham University are doing in Palana West."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2005
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