Dutch efforts for Humanitarian Mine Action worldwide
<div>The house of Abed Al-Rahman Mohammad (31) in Borj El Chamali is located close to an orange plantation formerly contaminated by cluster munitions. After DCA’s clearance work, undertaken with Dutch MFA funding, his four children can play outside safely, with their father not living in a permanent state of fear for their lives any longer. </div>
<div>Dutch funding has enabled significant changes in Gunyoro. After land was made safe again, families were able to re-settle and grow food, while development organizations were able to help the community.</div><div><br></div><div>In 2012, MAG finished clearing a large mined area behind the village school. Now there is a playing field on the former minefield, as well as toilets for the students.</div>
<div>In the provinces of Equateur, Katanga and Kasai Orientale, Dutch-funded MAG teams trained and deployed 44 Congolese Red Cross volunteers in Community Liaison and Risk Education activities. Mine Risk Education – or MRE – aims to prevent death and injury from landmines, unexploded ordnance and other explosive weapons by raising awareness of the problems and promoting safer behaviour.</div>
<div>Mr Daovee (45) lives with his family in the village of Kadap. <i>“Around August last year, HI came to my village asking who needed help with clearing their land. Now my land is 100% safe and I haven’t only planted banana trees but also rubber trees, and I feel very safe!”<span style="font-size:16px;">.</span></i></div><div><i>He adds: “If HI never came to my village, I don’t know how my children and my life would be. I don’t want my kids’ childhood to be like mine was; living in fear all the time.”</i></div>
<div>Karam Morad (11) lives in the village of a-Nabi Elyas adjacent to a recently cleared minefield. Karam visits the cleared land most days with his grandfather or his friends. Following HALO’s clearance of the minefield supported by the Dutch MFA, Karam’s family planted olive trees on the cleared land.</div>
<div>To provide an education for their children, inhabitants of Chroeng Chas came together to build a new school, unaware that it was in a minefield. HALO removed 103 anti-personnel mines. Now the land has been declared safe, the school is ready for refurbishment and the children can learn in safety.</div>
<div>A video showing how Karam and his grandfather are now using the cleared land</div> youtu.be www.halotrust.org Eleven year old Karam enjoys helping his grandfather tend his olive grove in the village of a-Nabi Elyas. Listen to Karam explain how visit...
<div>A Community Liaison volunteer working with a community near the town of Dongo in Equateur, to make them aware of the dangers presented by abandoned and unexploded ordnance. In this photograph a child discovers how hard it would be to lift up a brick if he only had one arm. </div>
<div>A Risk Education session in Bolomo village</div>
<div>Ten-year-old Emir shows a Risk Education leaflet he has just been given following one of the safety sessions conducted by MAG at a camp for internally displaced people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in 2014. </div>
<div>With Dutch funding, through risk education sessions and mine clearance work, MAG reduced the threat of death and injury to people at a time when they were most vulnerable, giving them the opportunity to live free from fear.</div>
<div>Fatima is the deputy team leader of a Dutch-funded Mine Action Team in Lebanon, and mother to two young boys. </div><div><br></div><div>“My family is proud of me and proud of what I have achieved. As a single mother, I am providing for my family. My children want me to train them. ‘We want to do what you do,’ they tell me.”</div><div><br></div><div>“The first time I found a cluster bomb I was very happy! ‘This will save a life,’ I thought.</div>
<div>Overview Dutch support for Libya 2011-2016</div>
<div>Overview Dutch efforts for Iraq and Syria</div>
<div>Between 2011 and 2014, Abdullatif worked as a searcher for DCA in Libya.</div><div><br></div><div>“I was recruited and trained by DCA to perform humanitarian mine action activities, including Explosive Ordnance Disposal spot tasks, battle area clearance and manual mine clearance.”</div><div>“I was born with a deformity in my left hand, but this only gave me additional motivation to create a safer community for my family and my people.”</div>
<div>In May 2014, a group of shepherds who had been collecting firewood for their homes discovered a Soviet-era aircraft bomb close to their village of Syadara, Baghlan Province. </div><div><br></div><div>A local Netherlands funded HALO disposal team examined the bomb, prepared it for safe removal and later disposed of it, removing a significant threat to peace and security in the area.</div>
<div>Landmines, cluster munitions and other ERW scattered throughout eastern Ukraine pose a significant threat to civilians returning home following the suspension of hostilities in the region.</div><div><br></div><div>With Dutch funding, the HALO Trust is currently establishing a foothold in Kyiv, in order to support future mine action activities in the country. Simultaneously, HALO is training local staff so that they can provide mine risk education in the future.</div>
<div>Hali Abdi lives in Bali Dhiig, Somaliland. While fetching water her family’s camel struck an anti-tank mine and was killed. Funding from the Royal Netherlands Government has allowed HALO to clear two landmines and four bombs from around her village so Hali and her family no longer walk in fear.</div>
<div>In Laos, Handicap International has deployed multiple activities involving local women. Here, a female deminer is seen scanning the ground for possible cluster munitions. With Netherlands’ funding, </div><div><br></div><div>HI has cleared agricultural grounds surrounding many villages, including the town of Kadap. A local villager: “If HI never came to my village, I don’t know how my children and my life would be right now. I don’t want my kids’ childhood to be like mine was; living in fear all the time.” </div>
<div>Sarneta worked as a deminer for Handicap international in Mozambique, which has been declared mine-free in 2015.</div><div><br></div><div>“What I love most is how valuable my work is. I feel useful. We often work near villages and fields and I know that every explosive device I find, each mine I dig up, potentially represents a life saved (…). That’s what matters most to me.” </div>
<div>Being part of the Global Coalition against Da'esh, The Netherlands supports Iraq in the field of stabilization of liberated areas through humanitarian demining and removal of IEDs, rebuilding infrastructure and basic services, humanitarian aid and military support to Iraqi special forces and Kurdish Peshmerga.</div>
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