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26 Jan 2016 description

A FUTURE FREE FROM FEAR

At MAG, we believe that whenever and wherever wars happen, ordinary people should not be the ones who pay the price.

As Chief Executive of the UK’s only aid and development charity to have shared the Nobel Peace Prize, I am immensely proud of the difference MAG and our donors made directly to the lives of more than 1.4 million men, women and children in 2015.

07 Jan 2016 description

The news that Mozambique has declared itself landmine-free is cause for celebration and a huge achievement. But we must acknowledge the tragic truth that much more needs to be done to make life safe for the thousands of people still living with these hidden killers in other countries.

We must not let minefields be forgotten. Whenever and wherever wars happen, innocent people should not be the ones who pay the price.

In this edition of Insight:

23 Jun 2015 description

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.

20 May 2015 description

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.

08 May 2015 description

'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.”

18 Mar 2015 description

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.

25 Jul 2014 description

MAG has hosted a visit from the Japanese Government to see first-hand the impact that Japan’s funding brings to conflict-hit communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mrs Hanako Nakano, from the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa, visited MAG’s operations in Kabalo territory, Katanga province earlier this month.

17 Jan 2014 description

The people of Munekelwa in the Democratic Republic of Congo are looking forward to a safer, more prosperous future thanks to a project to clear their village of explosive weapons.

During the civil war, which took place from 1997 to 2003, the once peaceful village in the eastern province of Katanga became a battleground taken over by government forces, supported by Zimbabwean and Namibian soldiers. Its population was forced to leave.

11 Jun 2013 description

MAG delivers a range of projects dealing globally with different aspects of human security issues, providing appropriate responses in post-conflict countries through Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) destruction projects as well Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) activities. This coordinated and integrated approach supports states to develop sustainable solutions to armed violence, and is an essential contribution to local, national and regional security and aspects of Armed Violence Reduction (AVR).

04 Jan 2013 description

MAG delivers a range of projects globally dealing with different aspects of human security issues and humanitarian disarmament, which provide appropriate responses in post-conflict countries through Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) destruction projects as well as Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) activities. This coordinated and integrated approach supports states in their development of sustainable solutions to armed violence, and contributes to global efforts that reduce the daily threat posed by explosive weapons to civilians in populated areas.

06 Dec 2012 description

MAG delivers a range of projects globally dealing with different aspects of human security issues and humanitarian disarmament, providing appropriate responses in post-conflict countries through Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) destruction projects as well as Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) activities. This coordinated and integrated approach supports states to develop sustainable solutions to armed violence, and is an essential contribution to global efforts to reduce the daily threat posed by explosive weapons to civilians in populated areas.

28 Sep 2012 description

MAG delivers a range of projects globally dealing with different aspects of human security issues, providing appropriate responses in post conflict countries through Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) destruction projects as well Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) activities. This coordinated and integrated approach supports states to develop sustainable solutions to armed violence, and is an essential contribution to local, national and regional security and aspects of Armed Violence Reduction (AVR).

14 Sep 2012 description

MAG delivers a range of projects globally dealing with different aspects of human security issues, providing appropriate responses in post conflict countries through Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) destruction projects as well Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) activities. This coordinated and integrated approach supports states to develop sustainable solutions to armed violence, and is an essential contribution to local, national and regional security and aspects of Armed Violence Reduction (AVR).

20 Aug 2012 description

MAG has begun a project to construct a safe storage area for 400 tonnes of Congolese military ammunition, thanks to US$1million funding from UNMAS(1).

The initiative will combat the twin threat of deadly explosions and weapons proliferation, both of which can devastate communities.

Poorly stored munitions can result in blasts that cause massive suffering and damage in neighbouring areas.

There have been eight such incidents at arms depots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 1998(2).

10 Aug 2012 description

The UK’s Ministry of Defence is funding a project to reduce the life-threatening risk of small arms and light weapons proliferation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Illicit small arms have been identified as “the weapons of choice in civil wars and for terrorism, organised crime and gang warfare”, with “leaking” Government stockpiles a major source of the illegal weapons and munitions in circulation(1).

25 Jul 2012 description

MAG delivers a range of projects globally dealing with different aspects of human security issues, providing appropriate responses in post conflict countries through Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) destruction projects as well Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) activities. This coordinated and integrated approach supports states to develop sustainable solutions to armed violence, and is an essential contribution to local, national and regional security and aspects of Armed Violence Reduction (AVR).

08 Dec 2011 description

The majority of cluster bombs found in the war-torn town of Likbanda are discovered by people farming their land.

Likbanda is located in Bolomba Territory, Équateur Province. While the conflict in this western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo ended in 2001, large amounts of lethal submunitions remain.

A cluster bomb dispenser casing typically contains 500 submunitions, of which 50 may fail to explode on impact.

12 Jul 2011 description

Sixteen members of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Armed Forces will carry out important clearance work to make the DRC a safer country after being trained by MAG.

The FARDC (Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo) personnel make up two Manual Clearance Teams, formed with the support of the UK Department for International Development under MAG’s new “Linking Mine Action and Development” project in DRC.

01 Jul 2011 description

MAG and CWMD – MAG uses the term Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD) to refer to its work in support of weapons and ammunition disposal and security. This includes dealing with Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), as well as items such as aircraft bombs, large calibre artillery, mortar ammunition and rockets. The term also reflects the different roles that MAG takes on within this sector, from direct clearance activities and Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), to capacity building and training.

31 Dec 2010 description

Burundi

MAG Burundi started in 2007 with a programme to support the Government of Burundi in reducing the threat of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and unsecured stockpiles.