How MAG is helping in D.R. Congo
Focusing on Equateur and Katanga provinces, MAG surveys and clears areas of mines and UXO – and responds to reports of dangerous items – to reduce the threat to communities and facilitate access to land and other resources.
In 2015, an important road in eastern DRC was cleared, to help development organisations better deliver life-saving humanitarian projects – including access to water and health infrastructure – and contribute to the overall advancement of the area.
MAG also conducts Community Liaison activities in partnership with the Congolese Red Cross, enabling them to gain official accreditation to implement these activities. Deploying with the Red Cross ensures that this capacity will remain within the country, broadening the national skill set and providing employment opportunities.
Arms Management and Destruction
MAG’s comprehensive arms management and destruction programme includes the construction and ehabilitation of ammunition depots and storage facilities, destruction of weapons and ammunition, and training of personnel in safe and secure management of weapons and ammunition.
In Kisangani and Bukavu, for example, MAG has constructed ammunition depots to enable safe and secure storage of ammunition in line with international standards. The Kisangani depot has also been used as the basis for training in ammunition stockpile management of military personnel throughout the country.
Established by MAG, the weapons cutting base in Kinshasa ensures that unserviceable weapons are destroyed to prevent them being stolen or trafficked on the illicit market. A unique facility in DRC, it is now successfully maintained and managed by national authorities. Thousands of weapons are destroyed there each year.