There isn’t a single week without an explosion in Nineveh, Iraq.
Read our edited selection of interviews taken from a special report for The Observer Magazine.
Coronavirus hasn’t changed this. The accident rate from landmines is rising.
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 destroy a tank.
Every day, 15 people are killed or injured by landmines and unexploded bombs across the world. Over half of civilian casualties are children.
MAG destroys landmines before they destroy lives. Recruited from the local community, our teams of deminers are driven by a determination to find every landmine before a child does.
Just £40 can help fund a fully trained deminer for one day.
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.”
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.
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?
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