MAG has been working in Chad since 2004 to reduce the daily risk of death or injury from landmines and unexploded bombs, and create safe and secure conditions for development free from armed violence.
Why we work in Chad
Northern Chad is heavily contaminated with landmines and other unexploded bombs, largely from the conflict between Libya and Chad (1979-1987) – a major obstacle to local development.
They also have a humanitarian impact, particularly on the nomadic communities in the north. Significant numbers of accidents in some areas have forced the nomads to abandon traditional camel trade routes for longer ones, putting them and their animals at risk of thirst and exhaustion.
Clearing land of explosives also reinforces local economies. Clearing roads, for instance, will help improve trade and opens the path for economic, social, administrative, health and security improvements.
Chad is now considered a relatively stable state in an otherwise unstable region, yet, ongoing conflicts in Chad and in neighbouring countries show how non-state armed groups can exploit instabilities and porous borders. This regional instability is compounded by the widespread proliferation of small arms and ammunition. Large amounts of unsecured explosives increase the likelihood of them entering the black market, which affects the country's stability.
Safety and security with weapons is very important and we have trained more than 2000 recruits over the last nine months.
How we help
MAG is starting to clear landmines in the Tibesti region. We plan to clear a road in this remote part of Chad, enabling the local population to reach the regional centre much faster, which will improve their access to basic government services. MAG is using a machine to help survey and assess which areas need clearing.
We are also clearing a minefield that hinders the region’s camel trade. As economic opportunities are scarce here, this work is important. MAG will also respond to community reports of explosive items in both the Tibesti and the Lake Chad regions, as well as conduct risk education.
We also deliver arms management and destruction projects at various locations across the country. By building and rehabilitating quality storage facilities, MAG reduces the risk of weapons and ammunition being diverted to the illicit arms trade, and lessens the devastating human cost of unplanned explosions at munitions sites. We have also developed an innovative storage concept using mobile armouries.
We’ve also developed a range of training courses, including armoury storekeeping, armoury store management, ammunition storekeeping, ammunition store management and ammunition and weapons destruction courses to help build national capacity.
Our results in 2018
Small arms ammunition destroyed
Land released by deminers
Small arms and light weapons training attendees