November 2020 In order to raise awareness on the risks of explosive devices among affected populations, mine action organizations traditionally make “live” presentations. Today, digital means, and in particular social networks, make it possible to reach more people and thus promote safe behavior more effectively. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to digital explosive ordnance […]
October 2020 In August, Iraqi government coronavirus restrictions on NGOs began to lift and mine action organisations were allowed to start back to work with a 25% capacity. FSD mobilised two full teams in Kudila village, Makhmour District, Nineweh Province; this included refresher technical training, resurvey of sites and safety plans and medical training. It’s […]
October 2020 In a post conflict environment, humanitarian organisations help to provide vital services and protection to a countries’ population; this then transitions to longer term development activities, but the transition can take time. FSD’s unique experience operating across both of the humanitarian and development spectrums in mine action and in post/forgotten conflicts allows FSD’s […]
In Colombia, the FSD is still helping OACP Descontamina Colombia, the national mine clearance authority, to develop and implement information management solutions. The Covid-19 pandemic has made work more difficult, since now an extra layer of information is needed to plan mine clearance operations. The number of cases in Colombia has been steadily increasing since […]
Since 2012, the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) has been hard at work in Afghanistan clearing priority minefields, clearing mines from combat areas and conducting non-technical investigations into suspected minefields. Darwaz-e Bala, a remote region in Badakhshan Province, is still contaminated by landmines. The Pamir Mountains that form the south-eastern part of the High […]
Since its emergence last December in China, as it stands, more than 200,000 people throughout the world have died from Covid-19. Faced with a public health emergency on this scale, many countries have closed their borders, limiting the operational capacities of humanitarian organisations in the process. Although some of our operations have had to be […]
Prior to the ISIL occupation, Kudila had approximately 130 occupied homes and an estimated population of 800 people. ISIL entered this village in 2014 and left after 2 years of occupation. 20 houses were destroyed but 110 are still habitable. The local population now stands at an estimated 300 people.
by: Cristina Borsatti Since March 2016, FSD has been implementing a survey and clearance project in areas recently liberated from ISIS in central and northern Iraq. Most of the beneficiaries of the rural communities targeted by the program base their entire income on agricultural activities, which have stopped due to ISIS insurgency and occupation. Agricultural […]
“10 years ago, I followed my cattle and walked on a mine. I was injured in both legs and my right leg was amputated. I am very happy with the work that the FSD deminers are doing (…) everyone has cattle here and we have to accompany them on trails. Once mine clearance is complete, no one will be injured, no one will risk losing a leg while going to work. ” said Mohamed, a victim of landmine explosion.
Since 2015, FSD has been implementing a humanitarian demining program in Iraq focused on the disposal of improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance in areas previously occupied by ISIS. In certain locations, such as the village of Nasr, machines are now used to support manual demining efforts. In 2014, ISIS disseminated improvised explosive devices in […]