Making it safe for people fleeing violence in Iraq

MAG is delivering urgent safety messages to help protect those fleeing Mosul from the dangers of landmines and other explosive weapons.

MAG gives emergency safety information to IDPs from Mosul

Emergency safety information at Kalak camp, 40km west of Erbil city.

All photos: MAG Iraq


The thousands who've escaped the violence in Iraq's second biggest city, and fled to the Kurdish Region of Iraq, are particularly vulnerable to the mines and unexploded ordnance littering what is for them unfamiliar territory.

The internal Green Line that separated the Kurdish region from areas under the control of Saddam Hussein's Government was heavily mined prior to the 2003 war, while air strikes and fighting on the ground during that conflict led to further contamination from explosive weapons.


So far, MAG has given emergency safety information to more than 3,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Erbil and Dohuk governorates, with another 5,500 people reached indirectly.

Our teams have been working since June 16 at the Kalak transit camp and Khazir checkpoint around 40km west of Erbil, and at the Garmawa IDP camp and Dohuk IDP registration centre.

In addition, a MAG technical team will make 89,200m² of land safe in Zummar, Dohuk to enable another camp to be established.

Giving emergency safety information to IDPs at Kalak camp

Giving emergency safety information to displaced people at Kalak camp.


Giving emergency safety information to IDPs at Kalak camp.

Approximately 4,400 leaflets have been distributed so far.


Giving emergency safety information to IDPs at Kalak camp.

Children are particularly vulnerable to landmines and unexploded ordnance.


Giving emergency safety information to IDPs at Kalak camp

MAG's Community Liaison staff go from group to group within the camp to ensure the safety messages reach as many people as possible.


Mortar found in Kalak

This mortar was found close to the Kalak camp.


Kalak transit camp

Tents at Kalak camp, temporarily housing people who've fled the fighting. Most have come from Mosul.


Giving emergency safety information to IDPs at Kalak camp

The Kurdistan Region Of Iraq is littered with landmines and unexploded ordnance left over from previous conflicts.


25 June 2014

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