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13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

26 Sep 2017 description

In June 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Ba’ashiqah, a small town located just outside the city of Mosul in northern Iraq’s Ninewa Province. Families were forced to flee their homes, taking with them only what they could carry on their backs or fit in their vehicles. Those who remained suffered two years of brutal occupation by ISIS. Iraqi forces launched a massive offensive to retake the town during the Battle for Mosul, and the town was liberated from ISIS control in early November 2016.

22 Aug 2017 description

By Patrick Shea on August 22, 2017

24 Mar 2017 description

By Michael Tirre on March 23, 2017

04 Dec 2016 description


In Tshopo province in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a peaceful game of soccer can be potentially life-threatening despite the seemingly picturesque surroundings. “If we played ball and it landed far away from the playing field, we would simply leave it because we knew that we could get injured or die if we went to search for it,” students Kakongo Zoro and Itomali Osenge told me, highlighting the problem of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) which can stay in the ground for years after fighting ends, awaiting an unlucky step.

18 Nov 2016 description

To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 17, 2016

17 Nov 2016 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 17, 2016

19 Sep 2016 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 18, 2016

The following statement was released by the Governments of Norway and the United States of America following the Global Demining Initiative for Colombia Ministerial held on September 18, 2016 on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York.

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31 Aug 2016 description

For many years, the Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale was notorious for landmines, a tragic reminder of the country’s 40 years of conflict. But now, thanks in part to U.S. assistance, “Africa’s most mined town,” is making progress in addressing that deadly legacy of its history. Earlier this year, I visited to witness first-hand the life-changing demining work supported by the U.S. Department of State. 

18 Aug 2016 description

When wars end, landmines and unexploded bombs remain behind, posing a threat to communities, as well as a serious impediment to humanitarian aid and reconstruction. These hidden hazards can keep families from returning to their homes, children away from schools, farmers from their fields, and goods from reaching markets.

21 Jul 2016 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 20, 2016

Today in Washington, the United States and Norway joined representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private sector to promote collaboration and innovation in combatting the serious humanitarian challenge of landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries under the U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative.

15 Jul 2016 description

The people of Afghanistan face one of the world’s most serious humanitarian challenges. This challenge is posed from the hidden hazards of landmines and unexploded munitions as a result of the 1979 Soviet invasion, several years of internal armed conflict, and the international coalition’s campaign in Afghanistan since 2001. The United States, together with our many international partners have helped Afghanistan to make significant progress.

17 Jun 2016 description


Walking into the Al-Bader Center in Amman, Jordan, your eyes dart to the paintings lining the wall. Some depict children’s interpretations of the recent conflicts in Syria, while others show a more hopeful future. This center, and four others like it scattered around Jordan, is a rehabilitation center where war-wounded Syrian refugees and Jordanian victims of landmines and unexploded ordnance can receive prosthetics and psychological trauma counseling.

24 May 2016 description

Every year during monsoon season, the Tonle Sap River reverses course, filling a vibrant freshwater lake close to Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh with rich sediments and abundant fish. Tourists frequent the area surrounding the river to snap photos of the “floating villages,” which are communities that appear to be on stilts during the dry season and hover just above the water during the wet season. But beneath the waters of many lakes and rivers in Cambodia lie a dangerous legacy: landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) from past conflicts.