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04 Dec 2011 description

A demined area of land around the town of Demen in Kassala state can now be used for safe access to education, water and agriculture.

Using UK Government funding through the Department for International Development (DFID), MAG excavated and destroyed 101 anti-personnel and 26 anti-tank mines within a kilometre of the town’s primary school.

Fifty items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) were also found and destroyed, during seven months of working in the mined areas.

18 Aug 2011 description

Fawzia Mahmoud Saeed is driven by a desire to help those most at risk from landmines and unexploded ordnance – and to contribute to a better future for women and children in eastern Sudan.

The state of Kassala, on the border with Eritrea, is severely affected by mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), a legacy of nearly 20 consecutive years of conflict. The threat to the population is a very real one: between February and May 2011, MAG teams discovered 132 new Dangerous Areas in Kassala alone.

08 Jul 2011 description

MAG was asked by the Government of South Sudan to help clear unexploded ordnance from a large area in Juba, to make it safe for the thousands attending the declaration of independence ceremonies on 9 July.

All around the capital city of Juba, there is an unmistakable buzz in the air ahead of the ceremonies and celebrations that will mark the declaration of independence of South Sudan after more than two decades of civil war.

07 Jul 2011 description

In partnership with Sudanese human security organisation JASMAR, MAG has been giving Mine Risk Education at Kosti way station in North Sudan, where thousands of returnees are waiting to board barges to take them to the South.

Ekhlas Ahmed Saleh is a single mother of four. She sits on a cot with two of her children surrounded by her worldly possessions along with others like her in a hangar at the Kosti way station on the banks of the White Nile in North Sudan.

07 Jul 2011 description

MAG’s Small Arms and Light Weapons Team in South Sudan has located and demolished a stockpile of more than 67,000 dangerous items on the border with northern Uganda.

After 40 years of civil war, South Sudan is littered with small arms and light weapons (SALW) and other items of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

As well as threatening the lives and limbs of vulnerable communities, this contamination impedes rural and economic development.

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.

08 Feb 2011 description

The Sustainable Livelihoods and Mine Action project ? SLAM ? aims to promote improved and equitable development opportunities for conflict-affected communities in the Western and Central Equatoria states of southern Sudan.

Decades of civil war and mass displacement have left these states heavily contaminated with remnants of conflict and devastated infrastructure, with many people living off subsistence farming at or below the poverty line.

14 Jan 2011 description

"I was breast feeding my youngest child and stirring the ungali(1) for my older children's dinners when I suddenly heard a big bang," Regina Akongo, from Imorok village in Torit County, told MAG.

"I was terribly frightened. We have lived with war for so long and I thought it was starting all over again. I didn't know whether to run or hide.

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.

23 Dec 2010 description

MAG is working to protect returnees coming back to southern Sudan ahead of January's referendum. MAG Community Liaison Manager Marysia Zapasnik reports from the grounds of the Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission.

The scene was one of excitement, nervousness, anticipation and sheer exhaustion.

30 Nov 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.

10 Nov 2010 description

Vital funding from the UK Government is supporting MAG's ongoing projects in Sudan, dedicated to saving tens of thousands of lives by clearing landmines and other deadly explosive remnants of war.

Andrew Mitchell MP, the UK's Secretary of State for International Development, explained how funding from UK Aid, from the Department for International Development (DFID), will allow MAG to deliver lifesaving Mine Risk Education to more than 80,000 people in Sudan and remove and destroy more than …

22 Oct 2010 description

The family of Stephen 'Darby' Allan, tragically killed in a landmine explosion while working for MAG (Mines Advisory Group) in Kapoeta, southern Sudan on Friday 15 October 2010, have today, Friday 22 October, paid tribute to their "hero".

Stephen, who was known as Darby to all his family and friends, was from Portsmouth and before starting at MAG in 2006 had served as a Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) expert for more than 30 years.

Today his wife Karen, daughter Sarah and son David have paid special thanks and appreciation to the medical team and, in …

08 Oct 2010 description

As part of our role in reducing the risk to communities threatened by the presence of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), MAG Sudan visited an orphanage and boarding school in Nimule, in the southern county of Magwi.

"Some of the children living here were abducted by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) when they were very young, and we have only managed to rescue them recently," Pastor Joseph Ulego, head of the Shekinah Orphanage and Basic Primary School, explained. "We don't know who their parents are and neither do they.

30 Sep 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.

01 Sep 2010 description

People in Girgir El Nogta village saw much hardship during the civil war and remained afflicted by the legacy of the conflict during their new-found peaceful era.

Unexploded ordnance (UXO) litters the landscape in Girgir El Nogta, located to the north of Kassala town in one of the most contaminated areas in the north-eastern state of Kassala.

The community is home to 360 families, all of whom were displaced by the fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and Sudan People's Liberation Army from 1995 to 2005.

31 Aug 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.

25 Aug 2010 description

I am always happy when I see MAG raising awareness on safe behaviour to avoid accidents.

29 Jul 2010 description

Activities:

- 36,058sqm manually cleared
- 113,837sqm mechanically prepared
- 679,277sqm of land release
- 10,710 direct beneficiaries of clearance activities.
- 27,425 items of ERW removed/destroyed including 187 landmines
- 220 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Spot Tasks completed, 100% of which were generated by MAG and OSIL teams

30 Jun 2010 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, 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, to capacity building and training.