Case Studies


REPUBLIC OF CONGO: MAG responds as tragic explosion claims more than 200 lives MAG is responding to an emergency in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, today after a blast at an ammunition site left more than 200 dead and some 1,500 people injured. More lives are thought to be in danger from the threat of unexploded ordnance (UXO) kicked out by the blast. 


CAMBODIA: A Day in the Life of a Demining Dog Detection Dog teams play an important role in making land safe for use in Cambodia, which, as a result of nearly three decades of conflict, remains one of the countries most severely affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. As well as trapping people in poverty by preventing access to land, these deadly items continue to kill and maim: there were 211 recorded casualties in 2011 and 162 more in the first 10 months of 2012.


CAMBODIA: Transforming the 'Devil's Gardens' (part two) Still in Sam Loth District, I headed down the former minefield a little way and popped in to meet the Haeng family. It was late in the day and the sun was low. It was starting to cool and the kids were out playing on bags of corn harvested over the previous few days...


CAMBODIA: Transforming the 'Devil's Gardens' (part one) As nations gather in Geneva for the 12th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty I thought it would be appropriate to post this story as a timely reminder of the great achievements that have been made. Sam Loth in the far west of Cambodia was, for many years...


LIBYA: Educating children about the explosive remnants of war Ten-year-old Muhammad’s story shows how lethal munitions can find their way into homes. Muhammad lives in Rujban, in the Western Mountains, a region that was the scene of heavy fighting during the revolution last year...


VIETNAM: U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear Conducts First UXO Demolition in Quang Nam Mines Advisory Group (MAG) America is excited to announce that MAG has expanded its landmine and unexploded ordnance clearance into Quang Nam province in Vietnam.  The U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam led the first day of expansion by by conducting the first explosion of demolition...


CAMBODIA: Landmine Clearance Helps Deminer Find her Safe Place "I felt like I was finially finding a safe place: helping people in my community to live in peace and without fear. And also feeling my family had safety from being poor...


CAMBODIA: Female Deminer reduces death and poverty in killing fields After years of struggling to make ends meet in the north-western province of Battambang, Ngoeun began working for MAG as a deminer in 1995 at the age of 29. “I chose this profession because I wanted to work to support my family,” she...


CAMBODIA: Landmine Clearance Paves the way for The Golden Road The village of Sek Sak in Battambang has been transformed after being cleared oflandmines and unexploded ordnance. In 2000, So Ry struggled to feed her four children. She survived by selling desserts...


UNPoA Conference Marks a Critical Moment for Disarmament Issue Global attempts to reduce the risk posed by small arms and light weapons (SALW) come under the spotlight, as the United Nations Programme of Action conference gets underway in New York. There are estimated to be around 640 million illicit SALW in circulation globally. Their portability... 


D.R. CONGO: Partnership with the British Ministry of Defense to secure weapons The UK’s Ministry of Defence is funding a project to reduce the life-threatening risk ofsmall arms and light weapons proliferation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Illicit small arms...


BRAZZAVILLE EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Fighting an ongoing threat Following the devastating series of explosions at a Brazzaville munitions depot, communities remain at grave risk from unstable projectiles scattered across the Republic of Congo's capital. Not only do these dangerous...


LIBYA: Helping Libyans safely cast their ballots MAG played a vital role in guaranteeing safe and secure voting in Zintan when Libya’s first post-Gaddafi parliamentary elections took place on July 7th. In the week before the elections... 


VIETNAM: Evidence of UXO in Quang Nam MAG has commenced Community Liaison operations in Thang Binh district, becoming the first international organisation to conduct Humanitarian Mine Action activities in Quang Nam province. MAG staff have already recorded 27 dangerous areas...


SOUTH SUDAN: 55,000 Items of UXO and Small Arms Ammunition Cleared MAG has cleared 5,627 items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and more than 50,000 small arms ammunition (SAA) items that were posing a significant danger to a community in Eastern Equatoria...


IRAQ: MAG Helps Syrian Refugees MAG has cleared more than 150,000m2 of land at a refugee camp in northern Iraq, enabling 200 tents to be installed for Syrian refugees fleeing the uprising. Around 4,200 Syrians have abandoned their homes... 


ANGOLA: US Ambassador Supports MAG in Angola, Empowering More Refugees to Return Home At the end of April, US Ambassador to Angola, Dan Mozena, his wife, and five colleagues from the Embassy, visited 4 De Fevereiro, where land is currently being cleared for the benefit...


 R.O. CONGO: Rockets Threat Removed in Brazzaville MAG provides technical support to the Forces Armees Congolaises to safely manage and dispose of weapons and ammunition from storage deopts in densely...


R.O. CONGO: 750,000 Dangerous Items Demolished in Two Years In the same year as its 20th anniversary of saving lives around the world, MAG will celebrate its second birthday in the Republic of Congo in style...


CHAD: Clearing Mines from an Important Trade Route MAG is clearing a key trade route in northern Chad that has been inaccessible for more than 20 years due to landmines. The Wadi Chirke...


CHAD: Helping Stranded Travellers in the Desert From time to time, MAG is called on to provide help outside the normal scope of our work. In Chad recently, our Rapid Intervention Team was...


BURUNDI: 30 MANPADS Destroyed The US State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs (DAS) visited Burndian army-operated demolition range outside Bujambura...


D.R. CONGO: Cluster Bombs Threaten Lives and Hinder Development in Bolomba The majority of cluster bombs found in the war-torn town of Likbanda are discovered by people farming their land. Likbanda is located in Bolomba Terrirtory...


D.R. CONGO: MAG Works to Secure Weapons of the Congolese National Police MAG has installed the first prefabricated armoury cabinets at a Congolese National Police (PNC) detachment, which provides security at the Makala central prison...


VIETNAM: Q & A with a Female UXO Clearance Technician Ms. Hoang Thi Hai Ly, 39, tells us about her experiences working as an unexploded ordnance (UXO) technician. Employing women - and proving...


VIETNAM: A Shortage of Everything - Except Big Bombs MAG safely removed three big bombs in one of the poorest provinces of Vietnam, Quang Binh, in the space of just two weeks during August. Two 750lbs were...


SOMALIA: The Devestating Effects of Unexploded Ordnance Abdi-Najib Said was left with one leg and a hand missing, and blind in one eye after playing with an item of unexploded ordnance. His playmate was killed instantly. The pair...


SOMALIA: The Big Day Held annually on 4 April, International mine Action Day is an important occasion designed to raise awareness about Explosive Rememnants of War, which continue to pose a threat to individuals...


SOMALIA: Clearance and Safety Messages Saves Lives "I'm so happy today and I will stop worrying about this danger to children and also other villagers" - Hawo Khalif, whose house in Rigoomane had been...


LEBANON: MAG Welcomes Ratification of Cluster Bomb Ban Treaty MAG has welcomed today's announcement that the international treaty banning the use of cluster munitions has been ratified. The news will...


LAOS: US Government helps MAG Clear Unexploded Ordnance The US Government and MAG are assisting more communities in the provinces of Xieng Khouang and Khammouane to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO). The US Department...


LEBANON: MAG Celebrates Lifesaving Clearance Milestone The deminers who risk their lives daily to rid Lebanon of deadly munitions have been honored in a special ceremony celebrating MAG's clearance of more than 13 million...


LAOS: Teamwork Works - MAG's Expanding Portfolio of Partners By making contaminated lad safe again, MAG enables development to take place. Over the last year, MAG has carried out unexploded ordnance (UXO)...


IRAQ: Mines Removed From Irrigation System Site Near Halabja MAG cleared 300m2 of land and removed 11 anti-personnel landmines so that an irrigation project in a Sulimaniyah community devastated by...


IRAQ: Eleven Minefields Safely Returned to Communities in Kirkuk Almost 490,000 square meters of land that was heavily contaminated by landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) has been cleared, and will now be used...


IRAQ: Clearling Land of Mines and UXO for Agricultural Use "MAG staff are angels and they came to my village to save me," said Keshan Shukor. Keshan and her family live in Farqan, a small village...


VIETNAM: MAG clears 100,000 items of UXO in Quang Tri MAG achieved a significant milestone in Vietnam last month, removing and destroying its 100,000th item of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Quang Tri province. MAG started...


IRAQ: Conventional Weapons Destroyed to Support International Trade MAG has destroyed more than 430 deadly weapons that were threatening the lives of truck drivers and blocking development at one of the biggest...


D.R. CONGO: 'Anyone with a Weapon Prefers to Sell it to Have a Good Life' The years of conflict that ravaged the Democratic Republic of Congo have resulted in large numbers of weapons and ammunitions being scattered...


SUDAN: MAG has Positive Impact for Returning Refugees "I am always happy when I see MAG raising awareness on safe behavior to avoid accidents. We did not know what to do if we faced any of these...


SRI LANKA: High-impact Landmine Clearance MAG's current project in north-east Sri Lanka is an example of our emphasis on long-term benefits for conflict-affected communities. Mannar district was a stronghold...


SRI LANKA: A Day in the Life- Tracking Down Minefields "By doing our survey, we can make sure that people go home in safety and start rebuilding their lives. It is hard work; we are living away from home and working out in teh field everyday...


AFGHANISTAN: MAG Returns to Aghanistan MAG's first humanitarian demining program began in 1989 in Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of Soviet troops. Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) had crippled...


SUDAN: From Landmines to Markets The Sustainable Livelihoods and Mine Action Project -SLAM- aims to promote improved and equitable development opportunities for conflict-affected communities...


LEBANON: A Widow's Remarkable Tale In 1977, Em Saoud Mashmoushi withnessed her husband being shot and killed outside their house in Bsaba village in the Chouf Mountains. Two months pregnant with the couple's ninth child...


BURUNDI: MAG Destroys 20,000 grenades in effort to reduce violence in Burundi MAG's projects in Burundi work to limit the flow of weapons onto the black market. Earlier this year, MAG, working with local authorities, destroyed the 20,000th hand grenade in Burundi...


BURUNDI: Country Declared Landmine Free Burundi, one of the world's poorest countries, has officially cleared its territory of landmines. Funded by the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, MAG has helped...


BURUNDI: MAG destroys MANPADS cache in Burundi Decades of armed civil war leaves Burundi in a state of underdevelopment and insecurity, with widespread and unsecured weapons caches presenting...


CAMBODIA: A Former Battlefield Now Provides Clean Water and Sustainable Farming MAG returned to Phlov Meas village, Battambang Province, almost a year after two minefields in the village were cleared. In total...


CAMBODIA: Clearing Land for Learning Before MAG cleared dangerous land in Veal, Cambodia, school classes had to be taken outside of villagers' houses. Until recently, Veal village school in Pursat province had no proper school building - because nobody...


ANGOLA: September Road to Clearance in Angola MAG Clears 155 miles of crucial highway that will allow for economic growth and safe travel. The rehabilitation of road infrastructure constitutes one of the...


ANGOLA: Helping Conflict-Affected Communities to Escape Poverty Along with thousands of other Angolans, 48 year-old Jurindo Hishika, his wife, and their five children fled his homeland during the last years of his country's civil war. Hailing...


ANGOLA: Soccer in Angola Reaching the public is crucial to saving lives in this heavily-contaminated nmonth as part of...


LIBYA: Training Teachers in Risk Education Messages MAG has been delivering Risk Education to vulnerable groups across Libya since July 2011. These safety messages particularly target schoolchildren, who are the most likely to play...


LIBYA: One Year On: The Battle Against Cluster Bombs, Landmines and UXO A year after the uprising, MAG has celebrated a lifesaving milestone in the battle to safeguard civilians against the dangers of cluster bombs, landmines and unexploded ordnance.


LIBYA: MAG Responds to Emergency in Libya As the conflict in Libya continues, the risk to civilians from unexploded ordnance, and a proliferation of weapons and ammunition looted.....


LIBYA: Now Children Carry Flyers, not UXO, in Zintan Children in the north-west Libyan city of Zintan live surrounded by unexploded ordnance (UXO) and weapons, a legacy of the region’s participation in the revolution against Colonel Gaddafi...


CAMBODIA: Development depends on demining  Alistair Moir, MAG Cambodia Country Director explains how the legacy of landmines is trapping rural Cambodians in poverty. Many people believe that landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) are no longer a grave threat...


SUDAN: Protecting children in Kassala What happens when pupils carry a live grenade they've found on their way to school into the classroom? Or when their classroom is on the other side of a minefield? These aren't... 


REPUBLIC OF CONGO: More lives at risk as blast leaves Brazzaville scattered with unexploded ordnance MAG is helping Congolese authorities deal with the deadly fall out after Sunday’s tragic explosion has left homes and streets littered with deadly items. MAG teams...


SOUTH SUDAN: Partnering with Save the Children to protect young refugees MAG has provided life and limb-saving Risk Education to more than 8,000 children at the remote Doro refugee camp in South Sudan. Deep in the remote Doro...