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Burundi

MAG is clearing the remaining areas of Burundi that are contaminated by landmines and other explosive items.

The contamination is around electricity pylons and former military positions in four provinces.


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The national electricity provider REGIDESO is unable to access pylons to conduct essential repair works, putting cities and industrial infrastructure at risk of power failures.

In addition, people are unable to use land around former military positions. In a country where more than 90 per cent of the population depends on agriculture for its livelihood and survival, and almost half suffer from chronic malnourishment, safe access to land for agricultural and other livelihood activities is essential.

LandminesA landmine is defined by the Mine Ban Treaty as "a munition designed to be placed under, on or near the ground or other surface area and to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person or a vehicle."

Landmines are generally divided into two main groups - anti-personnel and anti-tank - and have four main component parts: an outer structure made of either plastic, wood, metal, Bakelite, rubber or even glass; a fuse or firing mechanism; a detonator; and high explosives.

Some contain thousands of pieces of shrapnel, designed to fire out to great distances, while others have been made with a minimum amount of metal and are therefore difficult to detect using metal detectors.
MAG deminer clears landmines in Burundi

A MAG deminer clears landmines close to an electricity pylon in Burundi.

Photo: MAG Burundi


LandminesA landmine is defined by the Mine Ban Treaty as "a munition designed to be placed under, on or near the ground or other surface area and to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person or a vehicle."

Landmines are generally divided into two main groups - anti-personnel and anti-tank - and have four main component parts: an outer structure made of either plastic, wood, metal, Bakelite, rubber or even glass; a fuse or firing mechanism; a detonator; and high explosives.

Some contain thousands of pieces of shrapnel, designed to fire out to great distances, while others have been made with a minimum amount of metal and are therefore difficult to detect using metal detectors.

Our impact in Burundi: 2013 stats

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Landmines: 448 removed and destroyed

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Surplus weapons destroyed: 374

 

LandminesA landmine is defined by the Mine Ban Treaty as "a munition designed to be placed under, on or near the ground or other surface area and to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person or a vehicle."

Landmines are generally divided into two main groups - anti-personnel and anti-tank - and have four main component parts: an outer structure made of either plastic, wood, metal, Bakelite, rubber or even glass; a fuse or firing mechanism; a detonator; and high explosives.

Some contain thousands of pieces of shrapnel, designed to fire out to great distances, while others have been made with a minimum amount of metal and are therefore difficult to detect using metal detectors.

Burundi flagAbout Burundi

Population: 10.06 million

Life expectancy: 60 years

Gross National Income per capita: US $270

People with access to safe drinking water: 72%

People below the poverty line: 67%

Figures: World Bank, UNDP, UN Water, CIA

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