Some of the unexploded ordnance identified by MAG in Tra Doa 1 village, Thang Binh. [Photos: Hoang Ngoc Phi/MAG Vietnam]
MAG has commenced Community Liaison operations in Thang Binh district, becoming the first international organisation to conduct Humanitarian Mine Action activities in Quang Nam province.
MAG staff have already recorded 27 dangerous areas in Tra Doa 1 village during just one week of operations, and have identified items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) that are clearly visible and exposed on the ground.
Community members are also reporting the presence of landmines, and there is evidence of landmine accident victims in the village.
The Community Liaison team pictured is conducting household surveys to determine the locations of UXO affecting the community.
This information will be used to prioritise tasks for MAG Vietnam’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, which is due to start working in Quang Nam later this year.
MAG has been working in Quang Tri since 1999 and in Quang Binh since 2002. The move into Quang Nam is an exciting time for our Vietnam programme and we look forward to expanding our lifesaving work in this province.
3 July 2012
Thanks to the following donors to MAG's operations in Vietnam.
Without their funding, our work in the country could not be carried out:
• Irish Aid
• NVESD Humanitarian Demining R & D Program
• UKaid (UK Department for International Development – DFID)
• US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement