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Why MAG is needed in Mali

Though the recent conflict in Mali received little media attention in the western world, it has made a grave impact in the country. The population of Mali never encountered a conflict on the scale it has seen since the beginning of 2012.

As a result of this conflict, unexploded ordnance and small arms are contaminating the central and northern parts of Mali.

In 2013, more than 350,000 people fled the violence, of whom 150.000 sought shelter in neighbouring countries. The IDPs and refugees are at a potential risk of being killed or maimed when returning home to an area contaminated by explosive remnants of war (ERW).

Without a history of conflict, the dangers from the scattered explosives in northern and central Mali are largely unknown to the population, making Mine Risk Education crucial.

Although the actual numbers are presumed to be higher, 76 ERW casualties have been confirmed since March 2012. More than half were below the age of 18.

UNICEF has estimated that approximately 200,000 children in conflict-affected areas of central and northern Mali are now at risk of injury or death due to ERW.

The northern part of the country is largely dependent on agriculture and shepherding and their livelihood has become perilous business.

How MAG is helping in Mali

• Reducing the risk of death and injury in communities through the delivery of Mine Risk Education.

• Providing essential awareness training to humanitarian personnel, civil servants and partner organisations, either working with IDPs or in contaminated areas.

• Supporting the UNMAS mission, through the provision of a non-technical survey (identification and marking), allowing EOD and clearance teams to respond swiftly to reduce and remove hazardous items.

• Support post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation in target areas.

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