*27/11/2014: Due to the deteriorating security situation in Libya, MAG has withdrawn operations and temporarily closed the programme*
Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG
Extensive stockpiles of weapons and explosives that had been stored in bunkers became unsecured during the conflict, leaving open access to those who wanted it.
Most households now have small arms and light weapons, which, in the face of political uncertainty, they’re reluctant to give up. The result is that children in particular are at risk of accidental injury from unsecured guns in their houses.
There are also wider implications for regional stability, with reports of items being moved across borders into neighbouring countries and sub-Saharan Africa, and falling into the hands of non-state military groups.
Our work here in 2013
Land cleared: 1,918,750m²
Unexploded ordnance removed & destroyed: 108,600
Risk Education safety sessions given: 824
Men, women and children we helped directly: 18,740
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Photo gallery: Conflict response in Libya
Documenting MAG's work to reduce the threat to civilians from unexploded ordnance.
Makeshift 'museums' have been set up in many places, displaying as a reminder of what happened a vast range of mostly fused munitions, from cluster munitions to large calibre rockets. At this one, on Misrata's Tripoli Street, unexploded cluster munitions have been used to write 'February 17' (known as the day of revolt) in Arabic.
[All photos: Sean Sutton/MAG, June 2011]