In 2017, thanks to the support from people like you, we directly helped more than one million people. Thank you for everything you have done and I hope you will continue to share our vision of a world free of landmines by 2025.
Chief ExecutiveJane Cocking
Puppets gave lifesaving lessons
In southern Lebanon, MAG Community Liaison teams know that the best way to learn anything is to make it fun. And for this sea of smiling faces, puppets spent 2017 delivering lifesaving lessons, making sure that children know the dangers from landmines and cluster bombs around their neighborhoods, schools and farmlands.
In 2017, Syrian refugees formed over a quarter of the population of Lebanon. Refugee children and families need to know how to stay safe in their new unfamiliar surroundings but also understand the risk for when they return home. These puppets help make sure that every child leaves with the knowledge that can keep them safe for the rest of their life.
The lasting difference your support makes
My name is Giles Duley and I’m a documentary photographer. One of the stories I’m most passionate about telling is the effect of landmines on communities, particularly as a survivor of an IED blast myself.
Imagine thinking that just leaving your house could bring death. Imagine thinking something as simple as collecting water from the local river could leave you with a permanent injury. Or, that when your kids leave for school in the morning they may not come home.
The first time I ever visited a minefield, I was in Chifoio in Angola.
I remember watching as MAG was locating mines just metres away from where children had been playing, next to mud huts where families lived. I thought how could anybody live under that kind of constant fear.
It’s a story that stayed with me and I often wondered what happened to the village and the people that lived there.
In 2017, I returned to Chifoio village and I was amazed.
The first thing I noticed was the kids running freely in a way they could not have done 10 years before.
I spoke to a lot of the community and I asked them what had changed. They simply looked at me and said: “We live without fear”.
Thanks to everyone who supported MAG America in 2017. This is what you make possible. You are making a long-term, tangible, vital difference.