How MAG is helping in Mali
MAG delivers risk education to ensure that local communities, refugees and displaced people in Mali keep themselves safe when exposed to the dangers of landmines and UXO.
MAG is working with local communities to develop a network of Community Focal Points. This involves training men, women, young people, teachers and traditional leaders to share safety messages and collect data relating to accident victims and levels of contamination within communities.
ARMS MANAGEMENT AND DESTRUCTION
MAG is also working with the authorities in Mali 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.Securing weapons and ammunition to avoid a similar chain of events is vital to prevent further conflict, protect civilians and ensure peace and economic development.
Reducing the risk of illicit proliferation of weapons and ammunition
In October 2014, we conducted technical risk assessments of 32 weapons storage facilities in Segou, Sikasso, Kayes and Koulikoro, in cooperation with the Bonn International Centre for Conversion, the National Small Arms and Light Weapons Commission and the Malian Defence and Security Forces.
Following the assessment, MAG proposed initial intervention plans to the national authorities that included the construction and rehabilitation of small arms storage facilities, destruction of ammunition, and training of personnel in weapons and ammunition management.
MAG began operations in early 2015 in Ségou and Sikasso, with the rehabilitation and construction of 17 weapons storage facilities, and the training of storekeepers and managers in weapons and ammunition management.
By helping the Malian Defence and Security Forces to improve management of their weapons and ammunition, MAG contributes to improved security in Mali and the wider region through reducing the risk of illicit proliferation of weapons and ammunition.
Before and after:
Photos: Sean Sutton/MAG