Mine action is the core mission of FSD. It encompasses five pillars: demining, stockpile destruction, risk education, mine victim assistance and advocacy. FSD is active in the first four pillars.
One of FSD demining team prepares the equipment and material for the day’s operations. (Iraq, 2019)
Deadly remnants of war
Every day, people are killed or maimed
by remnants of explosive ordnance from past wars.
These devices include anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, which have been knowingly laid by parties to a conflict, but also all ammunition left behind that did not explode as intended. The “failure rate” can reach 25%.
As a consequence, landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to kill while the armed conflict has been over for sometimes decades.
Another source of danger for civilians are abandoned stockpiles which are stocks of arms and ammunition, they can cause accidental explosions. They can also be looted and used in the manufacture of improvised mines.
In 2021, our teams educated more than 45,000 children on the risks of mines and unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines and Ukraine.
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