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What we do

This boy survived a landmine accident in Angola

MAG's vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict.

We have worked in more than 40 countries since 1989, to save lives and build futures by:

► Reclaiming land contaminated with the remnants of conflict, such as landmines, cluster munitions, bombs, shells and mortars.

► Finding ways to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians.

► Creating safe and secure conditions for development.

See how we do this below...

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.
Cluster munitionsCluster bombs, or cluster munitions, are weapons that can be dropped from the air by planes or fired from the ground.

They open in mid-air and release numerous (sometimes hundreds) explosive bomblets - 'submunitions' - over a wide area.

Most of these bomblets explode immediately, but many don't, killing and maiming civilians long after a conflict has ended.