How MAG is helping in Myanmar
MAG provides life-saving mine risk education, which aims to prevent death and injury from landmines and UXO by raising awareness of the problems and by promoting safe behaviour. A child's ability to correctly identify a landmine or other explosive weapon could save his or her life.
These safety sessions may include, for example: how to recognise landmines; how to report a dangerous item; what to do in an emergency; known areas of contamination and accidents; warning clues and signs for mined areas; how to keep others safe, and more.
MAG also trains local organisations to deliver risk education in landmine-contaminated communities. Approved by the Government, these activities are particularly vital as mine/UXO clearance isn’t currently permitted.
Mine risk education is not the answer to landmine contamination – it can only reduce risk, not eliminate it. However, we know from experience that it has a significant impact on affected populations and increases the safety of communities. MAG’s long-term goal in Myanmar is to begin the essential removal of landmines and UXO.
But by raising awareness of the threat and working directly with communities to change their behaviour, MAG is reducing the risk of death or injury for people living in Myanmar.
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