Our two-year project in Chad will provide 44,000 people with safe access to agricultural land, food and water, and give safer roads to 423,000.
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The United Nations estimates that landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Republic of Chad directly affects the lives and livelihoods of more than two million people.
Landmines and UXO kill and maim. They also obstruct the delivery of humanitarian aid, restrict access to basic necessities (such as water, food and productive land), and impede development and reconstruction initiatives.
Of the two million at risk, around 170,000 are internally displaced people – families forced to leave their homes due to conflict – and another 325,000 are refugees who've fled to Chad from other countries.
MAG is currently the only non-governmental organisation making land safe in Chad. Our current two-year project, supported by the European Commission, aims to:
• Give 44,000 people safe access to agricultural land, food and water
• Provide 423,000 people with safer roads and communities
• Train personnel from Chad's National Demining Centre
This project began in late-2014 and focuses mainly on the northern regions of Borkou, Ennedi and Tibesti, where MAG teams are clearing a minefield laid during Chad's conflict with Libya in the 1980s.
As well as aiding the country's development, the work is supporting Chad's aim to be compliant with Article 5 of the Mine Ban Treaty – which requires the destruction of all anti-personnel landmines in mined areas – by 2019.
Two manual mine clearance teams and a roving Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, assistd by an Armtrac mechanical demining machine, are expected to make more than 1,000,000 metres² of land in northern Chad safe, as well as 210,000 metres² of road.
Non-technical survey is being carried out in the Moyen Chari region of southern Chad by MAG’s implementing partner, Handicap International. Non-technical surveys involve collecting and analysing information (through assessments, analysis of historical records, and location visits, for example) to assess whether areas are contaminated by landmines.
MAG and Handicap International are also building the capacity of staff at the National Demining Centre, through internationally recognised training.
MAG's work in Chad is supported by:
Page updated: 7 July 2015