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.
Friday the 13th is an unlucky day for landmines. Today MAG removed its 1,000th mine in Sri Lanka so far this year – great news for 300 families eagerly waiting to resettle on a former minefield in the north of the country.
Among the people who'll benefit from this lifesaving work are 150 families that fled to India from 1989-1992 during armed conflict between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
MAG is pleased that we can clear this land and welcome these people back to their homeland.
In Kayah State, Myanmar, a child's ability to correctly identify a landmine or other explosive weapon could save his or her life.
Thirty-year old farmer Thein Zaw lives in Salaung, a village of around 250 people on Myanmar’s border with Thailand.