In recent years, wars have increasingly been fought in populated areas like towns and cities, and when explosive weapons are used in these areas, the toll is highest among civilians. Ukraine is now one of these countries.
Amongst the destruction, unexploded bombs and landmines pose a terrifying threat to those who are living and returning to their communities.
“I have fled twice during the conflict in Ukraine. The place I called home is occupied and heavily destroyed, our apartment and garden are completely inaccessible. Roads and paths may be mined, booby traps could be placed in many areas, unexploded bombs are widespread. Because of this I would not be able to return home with my family anytime in the near future. It would be an impossible and very dangerous trip.”
There are thousands of people like Kateryna in Ukraine right now. It is essential civilians know how to keep themselves safe.
MAG has partnered with the Ukrainian Deminers Association (UDA) to provide risk education work and is on the ground in Ukraine right now delivering vital risk education sessions to returning communities, offering both in-person and online sessions so we can reach as many people as possible.
When clearance is not immediately possible, our life-saving risk education sessions will help ordinary women, girls, boys and men to understand the risks around them and how to keep themselves safe.