Pic of the Day: Ali Tohmaz, leader of MAG Lebanon’s Battle Area Clearance team 4
The team is currently working at the foot of Beaufort Castle in southern Lebanon. More than 400 cluster bomb submunitions have been found and destroyed here so far.
Pic of the Day: Deminers at the Kaitap minefield in South Sudan, a former SPLA stronghold and logistics base during the long civil war
[Kapoeta, South Sudan, 2009]
The site is 800 metres from a small village, and widely used for grazing and transit of animals by local residents.
Pic of the Day: Schoolchildren in Bolomo village, Democratic Republic of the Congo
These children had just attended a Risk Education session (tailored safety messages to those most under threat from landmines and explosive weapons) given by MAG’s Community Liaison staff.
MAG works with conflict-affected communities to make them aware of the dangers presented by landmines and unexploded ordnance.
Watch this Risk Education session from South Sudan:
Pic of the Day: A 250kg general-purpose High Explosives bomb is destroyed in northern Iraq
Yesterday’s demolition involved an electric initiation, using two VS1.6 anti-tank mines as donor charges to destroy the bomb.
The FAB-250 bomb was dropped in 1963 by the Iraqi regime in response to the Kurdish revolution.
It was discovered in the village of Shirta in Akre District, Duhok Governorate, by a local man who uncovered it while looking for food. Around 300 people live in the village and were at risk from an accidental detonation.
Pic of the Day: MAG removed a 250lb bomb from close to this family’s house in the Democratic Republic of Congo
“It was very frightening for our children,” said Gille. “The women were very afraid too, because they go there to collect firewood. “
[North Equateur, DRC, 2012. www.maginternational.org]
Pic of the Day: Deminers getting ready for work in northern Sri Lanka
The majority of the women in this all-female team are the main income-earners for their families. Many are widows and suffered greatly in the country’s civil war.
[Sri Lanka, 2012. www.maginternational.org]
Pic of the Day: A MAG Community Liaison team prepares to mark a dispenser full of cluster submunitions in Laos, 2009
There were another five tubes nearby.
In the first three months of 2013, MAG removed and destroyed 1,958 of these ‘bombies’ that affect a quarter of all Lao villages.
Pic of the Day: The Chouf Mountains region of Lebanon, May 2013
MAG cleared Em Saoud Mashmoushi’s land, removing five landmines and enabling her to earn a living from the olive and fruit trees.
She thanks everyone who supports MAG: “The donors who made this work possible certainly gave their money to the right place, as I can’t imagine anything sadder than losing a family member, especially a small child, to these landmines.”
Pic of the Day: A Syrian refugee clears clears the ground around olive trees in the Chouf region of Lebanon, May 2013
This area had been contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance.
The landowner, Simain Eid, said: “Before MAG came here we could not use the land. Now you see we can work. We have no restricted areas. Many thanks to MAG.”