ICRC trains EOD police in DPRK

Explosive remnants from the 1950-53 war on the Korean peninsula has, according to the DPRK authorities, caused more than 16,215 victims since the end of the war. Records from 5,024 accidents reports that the legacy weapons today are causing 150 victims annually.

Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) does not only kill and maim the people of the DPRK. Six decades after the cessation of armed conflict it still represents an impediment to human security and access to farm land, water sources and other necessities.

In November 2017 the Mission in Pyongyang with support from the ICRC Weapon Contamination (WeC) Unit carried out EOD and risk awareness training of the police EOD teams. The training was greatly supported by the DPRK Red Cross through translations, interpretation and logistical support.

The training focused on the preservation of life, also including the EOD operators. In addition to theoretical training, two full days were spent in the field focusing on localisation of unexploded ordnance and safe fuze removal techniques. Blast trauma care training and equipment was also provided to the EOD teams by the ICRC.

Plans for future activities includes in addition to a continuation of the activities above, training of trainers of the DPRK Red Cross on ERW Risk Awareness/Safer Behaviour preparedness.