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Truckloads of ammunition and abandoned missiles contaminate numerous areas


Stockpile destruction in Irak

Example of the FSD emergency intervention in Iraq

The recent conflict between the former regime of Saddam Hussein and the Coalition Forces has caused widespread contamination of land with explosive remnants of war, ranging from truckloads of ammunition to abandoned missiles.

During the ongoing war, WFP had to launch its largest ever food aid operation, with 1.9 million metric tons to be delivered to 26 million Iraqis. WFP requested FSD's urgent assistance. The aim was to open roads and warehouses and provide for the safe passage of emergency assistance (as a stand-by partner of WFP, FSD must be capable to deploy emergency response teams within 72 hours worldwide). FSD mobilized international staff and equipment to deploy its teams in Basra, Baghdad and Erbil, as well as a planning cell attached to WFP’s country director in Baghdad.

From 11 March to 31 October 2003, the FSD emergency response teams surveyed and cleared offices and infrastructure, including 11 WFP / UN offices (including the discovery and removal of a cluster bomb from the UN House in Basrah), 19 food storage warehouses (eight of which required clearance by FSD), 3 silos, 12 mills, 1 compound belonging to the Ministry of Trade and 14 routes. In addition the teams also surveyed 20 suspected fields, 17 military installations, 6 villages and 3 oil refineries. FSD also provided Mine and UXO safety training courses to more than 380 personnel of UN agencies and NGOs. FSD medical staff provided medical support for all UN staff located in Basra and Baghdad with more than 60 medical consultations, and assisted UNOCHI, WFP and other UN agencies in the preparation of emergency medical evacuation procedures.

FSD staff also provided vital assistance in the aftermath of the two car bombings of the UN Canal hotel complex in Baghdad, and assisted in the medical evacuation of injured UN staff.