There isn’t a single week without an explosion in Nineveh, Iraq.

Coronavirus hasn’t changed this. The accident rate from landmines is rising.

This news hits our teams hard: their work in areas retaken from ISIS has been paused since mid-March due to this global pandemic. They are desperate to do what they can. They are trying to deliver risk education remotely, grappling to find ways to help families who so desperately need us right now.

We need your help. We have to be ready to respond. We have to ensure that these families are not forgotten.

To be ready to react, a gift of £22 could help a team respond and deliver a one hour life-saving risk education session, saving children’s lives.

Every penny donated to this appeal will go directly to our work in Iraq. Please donate today. 

You can help with our plans to resume our work. Things are still uncertain but a gift from you would ensure that our teams are ready and able to act as soon as local restrictions are lifted.

Teams like Hana’s. Hana, 29, has worked for MAG for almost four years and leads a dedicated and highly-skilled team of staff working to clear mines. She is a mother of three and her team’s work and the impact ISIS had on their lives and the wider Yazidi community was recently documented in the film Into The Fire.

Hana says: “Each mine we clear from the land helps us feel stronger and we can start to heal.”

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UPDATE: A Message From Hana

This is exactly the resilience captured by Academy-Award winning director Orlando von Einsiedel when he made Into The Fire. If you haven’t had a chance to watch this documentary just released by National Geographic you can see it here

Due to decades of conflict under Saddam Hussein, Iraq was already in the top three most contaminated countries in the world before ISIS was formed. ISIS left behind huge numbers of improvised mines and unexploded bombs – in people’s houses, on their land, in school playgrounds, in the rubble of destroyed buildings and along roads. Mines were created out of household objects, including cooking pots, toys, and lengths of pipe. 

The viciousness of the devices planted across Iraq is unimaginable. They are sensitive enough to be triggered by a child’s footstep, but powerful enough to disable a tank.

Our teams are desperate to get back to work whenever they can. I want to leave you with a comment from Bushra who works with the community team in Iraq, she says: “The coronavirus pandemic is dangerous but I can learn lessons from it. I can learn that the world is very small and we all are equal citizens. We have to stand together as human beings regardless of race, gender and colour.” 

Will you stand with our teams in Iraq and help ensure they are ready to act to get to every landmine before a child does? 

Please donate today.

Portia Stratton

Country Director, MAG

P.S. With landmine accidents increasing, we need to act urgently. A gift from you, now, will mean a team can deploy once again in Iraq, reaching almost 500 people with vital safety messages. Please give now.