Modern conflicts produce vast quantities of deadly weapons and ammunition that are often stockpiled in populated areas. Neglected and poorly managed, they are at risk of accidental explosion and theft.
MAG is the only organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) authorised to assess military and police stockpiles, and to destroy surplus weapons.
So far, we have destroyed more than 113,000 weapons and 760 tonnes of ammunition in the country.
Our specialists also train the Congolese authorities in how to safely store and manage their weapons stockpiles, in doing so reducing the chances of accidents and proliferation of small arms in the region.
Our thanks to the following donors to MAG DRC's work to reduce armed violence: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Fonderie 47; German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs; UNDP; US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.
Remnants of surplus weapons destroyed by MAG-trained technicians from the Congolese Armed Forces. Thousands of surplus and out-of-service weapons stockpiled around the country pose a significant danger to the population.
[Photo: JB Russell / MAG]
26 September 2011