VIETNAM: Evidence of UXO in Quang Nam

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MAG has commenced Community Liaison operations in Thang Binh district, becoming the first international organization to conduct Humanitarian Mine Action activities in Quang Nam province.

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Some of the unexploded ordnance identified by MAG in Tra Doa 1 village, Thang Binh. [Photos: Hoang Ngoc Phi/MAG Vietnam]

MAG has commenced Community Liaison operations in Thang Binh district, becoming the first international organization to conduct Humanitarian Mine Action activities in Quang Nam province.

MAG staff have already recorded 27 dangerous areas in Tra Doa 1 village during just one week of operations, and have identified items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) that are clearly visible and exposed on the ground.

This information will be used to prioritize tasks for MAG Vietnam’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, which is due to start working in Quang Nam later this year.  The Community Liaison team pictured is conducting household surveys to determine the locations of UXO affecting the community.Community members are also reporting the presence of landmines, and there is evidence of landmine accident victims in the village.

MAG has been working in Quang Tri since 1999 and in Quang Binh since 2002. The move into Quang Nam is an exciting time for our Vietnam program and we look forward to expanding our lifesaving work in this province.

July 3, 2012