Dennis Hadrick from the US Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement reports from the DRC on the partnerships helping to increase civilian security and reduce fear.
"Over the years, I have visited more than 75 countries where the United States is working through our Conventional Weapons Destruction programme to help safeguard communities from the impacts of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and excess small arms; Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Yemen to name a few.
Representatives of the Congolese and German Governments have formally opened an ammunition depot that will ensure the safe storage of ammunition by Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) near the city of Bukavu.
As the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to suffer from armed violence and conflict, the secure storage of ammunition has become a priority for the Congolese Government.
'There Was A Massive Explosion' - A Landmine Survivor's Story
Kaw Ye Ung stood on a landmine in Myanmar when he was 16. “I went into the bushes to go to the toilet and there was a massive explosion,” he said, “I did not know there were mines there.”
Ung lost both of his legs in the tragic accident, but has a very positive outlook on life:
“I have a tricycle, which makes me mobile, allowing me to travel around the village. The Government and the UN helped me with training and tools, and now I repair televisions for a living.”
An important trade route in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared free of landmines and other explosive items following a six-month clearance effort by MAG.
A demining team conducted meticulous clearance work on a 33km stretch of the R630, which connects the villages of Kabwela and Kakuyu in Katanga Province, that was suspected to be contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO).
During six months of work funded by the Japanese Government, our technical experts found and destroyed almost 300 UXO items, including mortars and small arms ammunition.