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DanChurchAid embarking on a mission in Kobani and Lebanon

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With the support from Danish government, experienced specialists from DanChurchAid are going to remove booby traps and land mines preventing civilians from returning to their homes in Kobani. Refugees in Lebanon will also receive humanitarian assistance.

Returning home to Kobani in Syria can be a disastrous even lethal experience for thousands of Kurdish civilians.

ISIS has recently been forced out the city close to the Syrian-Turkish border but the terror organisation has filled civilian homes with booby traps before leaving.

With land mines and booby traps killing 10-12 civilians daily, DanChurchAid with the financial assistance from the Danish government are now sending EOD specialists to Kobani.

The specialists have recently attended an advanced refreshing course on improvised explosive devices.

“These types of explosive devices are extremely dangerous and demand highly specialised skills so we have ensured that our staff have the must updated information before deployment,” says Richard MacCormac, head of Mine Action, DanChurchAid.

Closer to the frontline

A recent video from Kobani available on YouTube shows explosive devices hidden behind furniture in civilian houses. In the same video, a man explains how he saw his wife entering the family home before triggering an explosion killing the wife and destroying their home.

The EOD experts bound for Kobani are normally working for DCA in other countries but are expected to be in Syria in the coming month.

During the war in Libya leading to the demise of the Gadaffi regime, DCA experts worked to clear explosive remnants of war.

“We wish to protect civilians and sometimes we are getting closer to the frontline. But we are prepared for that,” says Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen underlining however that security for the staff comes first,

The Danish foreign ministry has granted the funds for the clearance in Kobani, and DanChurchAid has received funds for the humanitarian work among Syrian-Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.