FSD’S ANNUAL EVENTS IN GENEVA & LAUSANNE
Jan. 2020 • To celebrate the new year, FSD is pleased to invite the public to two afterwork events which will take place in Geneva and in Lausanne on 23 and 30 January 2020. Our demining operations will be presented, as well as the perspectives for the upcoming year.
THE CHALLENGES OF DEMINING IN THE JUNGLE
Jan. 2020 • Colombia, an earthly paradise of biodiversity, has been affected for more than five decades by an armed conflict which left behind numerous anti-personnel mines and other explosive devices. Today, demining the territory is hampered by certain obstacles and requires specific practices, respectful of its ecosystems. FSD assists the Colombian authorities in facing these challenges.
ARMOURED MACHINES ACCELERATE DEMINING IN IRAQ
Jan. 2020 • 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.
NEW PROJECT IN UKRAINE
Oct. 2019 • Close to 400,000 children live along the front line in Eastern Ukraine. Many have spent the past five years living with the distant sounds of artillery fire and bombing, in constant fear and reliant on humanitarian aid. FSD is preparing a new project to help improve access to quality education in these difficult circumstances.
MOTHERS OF OYKAMAR
Oct. 2019 • In our previous newsletter, we described the contamination of Tajikistan by stockpiles of obsolete pesticides dating back from the Soviet era. Here, we focus on Oykamar, one of the most affected villages. More than 2 000 m3 of the toxic insecticide DDT is reportedly buried in this former pesticide distribution center.
DEMINING ACCIDENT IN IRAQ
Oct. 2019 • Brandon Pinson, one of FSD’s international technical advisors in Iraq, was tragically killed last month following the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED). The accident took place close to the village of Tel al-Shear, south of Mosul.