How MAG is helping in Lebanon
MAG’s work in Lebanon directly addresses the urgent protection needs of those living in dangerous areas contaminated by landmines and items of UXO, including cluster bomb submunitions. By making land safe MAG is enabling people to live in safety and free from fear.
MAG conducts Battle Area Clearance and minefield clearance to remove the threat of death or injury and increase access to safe land to facilitate development. We deploy mechanical assets where needed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of manual clearance operations.
MAG’s Community Liaison teams visit affected communities before, during and after clearance in order to explain the scope and importance of clearance and to collect data. These teams also deliver life-saving risk education messaging to help raise awareness of the problems and promote safer behaviour.
Using different ways to communicate these important messages – such as leaflets, posters, dance, clowns and drama – the teams reach those most at risk.
Towards a mine and cluster bomb-free Lebanon
Operational in Lebanon since 2000, MAG responded immediately to the bombing and resulting contamination during the 2006 crisis. In 2014, MAG completed a Nationwide Impact Assessment survey of all cluster munition strikes across Lebanon and is the only humanitarian mine action organisation responding to the urgent need for clearance and risk education in the Bekaa region.
MAG works with the Lebanon Mine Action Center to ensure mine action activities are targeted towards community needs, enabling essential land to be safely released and allowing local people to live and work in safety. MAG is supporting the Lebanon Mine Action Center towards a “Lebanon Free from the Impact of Landmines and Cluster Munitions” by 2020.