How MAG is helping in Chad
MAG has worked in Chad since 2004, with activities focusing on improving the safety of communities and facilitating development, and contributing to Chad’s progress towards its Mine Ban Treaty obligations.
By making land safe in Chad, MAG is helping communities recover from conflict, enabling vital infrastructure such as housing, schools and clinics to be built, and agricultural land to be used safely.
MAG operates in the most affected regions of northern Chad – Borkou, Ennedi and Tibesti – as well as surveying areas in the south of the country, through our partner Handicap International. Survey and demining activities allow land to be safely released back to communities for immediate productive use.
We also deliver 'risk education', teaching vital safe behavior in contaminated areas and raising awareness of the dangers of landmines and UXO. This work focuses on the most vulnerable groups, particularly children and displaced people.
ARMS MANAGEMENT AND DESTRUCTION
MAG is also working with the authorities in Chad to improve arms and ammunition management, as part of our regional Sahel-West Africa programme.
This Arms Management and Destruction (AMD) work has two main aims:
(1) To reduce the risk and impact of unplanned explosions at munitions sites.
(2) To reduce the risk of arms being diverted to the illicit market and its resulting human impact.
AMD has become a priority for many states that have amassed large stockpiles due to conflict, cross-border insecurity and the prevalence of non-state armed groups.
Likewise, the international community has recognised the need to reduce the risk of diversion and unplanned explosions by encouraging better control of weapons and munitions stores.
MAG's AMD activities include:
• Technical risk assessments of weapons and munitions stores
• Specialist training
• Refurbishment of armouries and munitions depots to make them safer and more secure
• Destruction of unserviceable small arms ammunition.
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Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG