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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.

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.”

05 Feb 2014 description

by Elimam Hassan, Community Liaison Manager, MAG Somalia

MAG has responded to the rising number of accidents involving guns in the village of Kalabayr, by building the first-ever armoury in Somalia that allows civilians to safely store their weapons.

Almost every family owns a gun in Kalabyr, and this has led to tragedy: on one occasion, a teenage boy shot and killed his friend while the pair were playing with their fathers' weapons; in another sad incident, a child pulled the trigger on the gun his father was carrying and killed him.

11 Oct 2013 description

"Thanks for taking my photos in my shop as an example to tell others that we are living in danger," says shop owner Yasin Asyayr Gurase.

In his small store in Kalabyr, a village of about 1,500 people 100 kilometres south of Garowe in the Puntland State of Somalia, guns are stacked against shelves filled with shirts and shoes, and AK-47s rest against food products.

These weapons are not for sale. Rather, after a number of recent accidents in the village, they are being left in shops by owners wanting to keep them out of homes and away from children.

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).

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).

23 Apr 2012 description

A high-level delegation from the UK Government saw first-hand the vital work of a US-funded team that has already destroyed more than 12,500 items of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, visited MAG’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians at a site near Garowe town, Puntland, earlier in the year to witness the demolition of lethal ordnance cleared.

21 Sep 2011 description

As NGOs who have worked in Somalia for decades, we are accustomed to the daily struggle to survive that is the reality for most Somalis. However, never before have we faced such acute suffering with so many lives at stake. Somalia is at a turning point. The next three months are critical; hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance. Efforts to increase assistance and prevent more deaths will not be enough unless accompanied by a dramatic change in approach. The humanitarian imperative of saving lives must override any political considerations at this crucial time.

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.

17 Feb 2011 description

On 10 February 2011 MAG's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts working in Puntland, Somalia, destroyed more than deadly 380 anti-personnel mines and anti-tank mine fuses - the largest single destruction of mines MAG has done since starting work in the troubled region in 2008.

Senior local Police Commanders handed the mines to MAG's Technical Field Managers during a visit to the northern coastal town of Bosaso.

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.

07 Dec 2010 description

In October 2009, three international NGOs all working in Somalia sat around a table in Hargeysa, Somaliland and embarked on an ambitious plan to design, field test then gain national accreditation for Mine Risk Education (MRE) materials suitable for dual use in Somaliland and Puntland.

Danish Demining Group (DDG), Handicap International (HI) and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) agreed that rather than generate their own individual materials in relation to MRE.

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.

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.

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.

23 Jul 2010 description

"I am so happy today and I will stop worrying about this danger to children and also other villagers" - Hawo Khalif, whose house in Riigoomane had been 25 metres from a stockpile of 105 white phosphorous mortars.

Riigoomane is a small rural community situated 40 kilometres north west of Galcaio close to the Ethiopian border within Puntland State of Somalia.

The majority of people living in Riigoomane depend on the land for their survival, raising livestock including goats, sheep and camels which they then trade or slaughter in order to eke out an existence.

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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.

31 May 2010 description

MAG and CWMD - MAG uses the term Conventional Weapons Management and Disposal (CWMD) to more accurately reflect the approach that MAG takes with regard to dealing with the range of munitions it encounters in support of stockpile management, as in many of its projects items outside of the SALW definition are dealt with, such as aircraft bombs, large calibre artillery, mortar ammunition and rockets.