MAG's Top 10 Photos Of 2014

Here are some of our favourite inspirational photos from the last 12 months.  

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(1) Mine Risk Education in Myanmar

Mine Risk Education in Myanmar

MAG staff provide Mine Risk Education to villagers in Pan Pat, Myanmar, to help keep them safe from landmines and other explosive devices.

Many of the women from the Padaung ethnic group have followed their traditional culture of wearing neck rings. Girls first start to wear brass neck coils at the age of five, and over the years the coil is replaced by a longer one.

Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG

(2) Children in Cambodia

Children in Phom Padol, Cambodia

Children in Phom Padol village, Cambodia look through a traditionally decorated window. This area, near the border with Thailand, is heavily contaminated by landmines, cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance as a result of three decades of conflict that ended in the 1990s.

Read more: How MAG saves lives in Cambodia

Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG

(3) Humanitarian hero Baravan

Baravan Sadiq Yassan, MAG

Baravan is a MAG Community Liaison Officer in northern Iraq, where she works to keep communities safe from landmines, cluster bombs and other unexploded remnants of conflict.

"We do training with teachers and with religious leaders," she says. "We also do Mine Risk Education with shepherds, farmers and children, before any accidents happen. 

Read more: How MAG saves lives in Iraq

Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG

(4) Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Children in Tacloban, post-Typhoon Haiyan

Children in the Philippines city of Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people.

Read more: See how MAG responded to the Philippines emergency

Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG

(5) Young Syrian refugee 

Young Syrian Refugee

A boy runs past tents at the Kawergosk Refugee Camp in northern Iraq. The camp offers shelter to thousands of Syrians who've fled the conflict in their country, but the surrounding area is riddled with unexploded weapons left over from former conflicts

Read more: How MAG saves lives in Iraq

Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG

(6) Kek and Aloon

UXO accident survivor Kek

Twenty-five year old Kek with his son Aloon. Kek lost both of his hands when he was collecting scrap metal in April 2010. "All I remember is the explosion. Next thing, I woke up in hospital with no hands. And I also can't see properly. I have learnt to do as much as I can myself, but my wife still has to a lot for me. She has to work hard and do so much. She is very sad. At least we have Aloon. He makes us happy and we have a future with him."

Read more: How MAG saves lives in Laos

Photo: Sean Sutton/MAG

(7) Risk Education in Mali

Mine Risk Education in Mali

A Risk Education session in Ségou for people displaced by violence in Mali. Risk Education aims to prevent death and injury from landmines and other explosive remnants of war, by raising awareness of the problems and promoting safer behaviour.

Read more: How MAG saves lives in Mali

Photo: Katrien Nollen/MAG

(8) Civilian armoury in Somalia

Civilian armoury in Somalia

MAG responded to the rising number of accidents involving guns in Kalabayr village, Somalia, by building this armoury  the first one in the country that allows civilians to safely store their weapons.

Read more: The first-ever civilian weapons store in Somalia

Photo: Annica Englund/MAG

(9) Family in Sri Lanka

Family in Puthukudiyiruppu East village

Sophana Sathasivam (left) and her family was only able to return home, after fleeing their village in northern Sri Lanka during the civil war, because MAG removed the landmines and unexploded ordnance littering the area.

"We are living in a tent that was given to us by UNHCR [the UN Refugee Agency]," she explained. "We are hoping to build a small house soon. I feel confident to work on my land, because I know MAG did the clearance."

Read more: Landmine clearance enables communities to return home

Photo: Christy Martin/MAG

(10) Aras and Bowie

Araz and his Mine Detection Dog Bowie

Aras works with his Mine Detection Dog, Bowie, in the Kudistan Region of Iraq. Since late-2009, the pair have cleared more than 300,000 metres² of land together – work that has directly helped around 9,500 people and indirectly benefited more than 34,000 men, women and children from 33 different villages. 

Read more: How MAG saves lives in Iraq

Photo: Adnan Avdic/MAG


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Page published: 13 January 2015