Growing out of the world wide collaborative efforts of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its Ottawa Treaty, Landmine Impact Surveys are executed to meet the overlapping needs of international donors, national authorities in landmine-and unexploded ordnance (UXO)-impacted countries, as well as Humanitarian Mine Action planners and implementers.
The overall vision of Landmine Impact Surveys as articulated by the Survey Working Group (SWG) is to "facilitate the prioritizing of human, material and financial resources supporting humanitarian mine action at …
Iraq Landmine Survey Suspended Due to Near-Death Explosion
Iraq. Sudan. The Democratic Republic of Congo. Afghanistan. In 2006 VVAF's Information Management and Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) staff are active in some of the most dangerous places in the world, overcoming setbacks to carry out their critical humanitarian work.
As the violence continues, political instability increases, and the risks of working in these environments heighten. Nevertheless, iMMAP continues involvement in dangerous areas.
Two Others Killed, One Inured in Roadside Bombing
A VVAF Iraq Landmine Impact Survey Team Leader suffered second-degree burns from an explosion Sunday in northern Iraq. While traveling in a taxi, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated nearby, severely injuring this VVAF team member and one of his medical colleagues.
As a result of the ongoing war, more than 3.4 million young Iraqis are unable to attend formal schools. Assisting them is becoming more critical each day. Just this week reports are out of insurgent-implanted explosive devices in candy boxes aimed at school children. Today fewer children can safely attend schools and major international relief organizations are ceasing operations in the country.
Iraq Veteran Officially Launches Program To Assist Iraq's Most Innocent Victims of War: Children Powers' Orphans and Street Kids Project Has New Identity: War Kids Relief
The war in Iraq is leaving thousands of children either orphaned or abandoned, with their numbers increasing as conditions in the country remain unstable and uncertain. According to UNICEF, children under 18 constitute nearly 50 percent of Iraq's population of 24 million people.