Dangerous ammunition off the street
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs donates four million Danish kroner to DanChurchAid’s work, clearing away the dangerous ammunition and remnants of war in Libya.
In Misrata, ammunition and other remnants of war are piled up against the house surfaces, in the street and in parks. All types of ammunition, both boxes with shells and grenades for destroyed tanks.
‘It is extremely dangerous because the civilians are unable to tell if the ammunition has been used or if it is still active’, says Richard MacCormac, Head of the DCA Humanitarian Mine Action Unit.
More mine clearers
The extra money from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plus the million Danish kroner that were recently donated from LEGO’s funds, give DanChurchAid the opportunity to hire more experts for the clearing work and to educate a group of local mine clearers who can remove and destroy the dangerous remnants of war.
Away from the street
‘First of all, we want to remove the unexploded ammunition that has been littered around the town, endangering children and adults. Then, we need to clear the roads outside the town and the bombed ammunition depots’, says Richard MacCormac.
He stresses that it is necessary to move fast. There have already been examples of serious accidents where ammunition exploded close to or in the very hands of civilians.
Head of DCA Humanitarian Mine Action Programme, Richard MacCormac, cell phone: +45 29 69 91 38
Head of Media, Lisbeth Engbo, cell phone: +45 29 70 06 25
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