On International Landmine Awareness Day (April 4), the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is launching its ‘Home Safe Home’ fundraising appeal to make homes in former conflict areas in the Middle East free from landmines.
Across the Middle East, tens of thousands of landmines and unexploded bombs lie ready to maim and kill at any moment in and around people’s homes. Over 10 million people remain displaced in the region with many unable to return home because of landmine contamination. Every day, 20 people are reported killed or injured by landmines and unexploded bombs globally. Almost half of the civilian casualties of landmines are children.
Using highly trained staff and special machinery, MAG teams across the Middle East find and destroy landmines and unexploded bombs, freeing communities from fear and bringing them back to life.
“The UK already has a leading role in ridding the world of these deadly weapons of war and supporting experts to clear land, which last year was the equivalent of seven thousand football pitches,” says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt. “All donations made during MAG’s Home Safe Home campaign, which is getting demining experts to find and destroy mines before children find them, will be doubled by the UK government – making donations go even further.”