Afghanistan: Norwegian charities pledge humanitarian assistance during IEA’s visit to Oslo

Representatives of Norwegian charities and organizations met with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, during his three-day visit to Oslo, and pledged assistance to Afghanistan in various fields, including health and education. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi wrote on Read More …

Cambodia: Mekong UXO search off until waters recede in Kandal and Preveng provinces

Officials have requested modern technological equipment to enable them to continue their work of collecting unexploded ordnance (UXO) in sunken warships in the Mekong River in four areas of Kandal and Preveng provinces. Authorities have found many weapons and other Read More …

Russia: Djibouti military will be trained in Russia to use Uran-6 mechanical mine clearance system

Military personnel from Djibouti will be trained at the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces in Nakhabino near Moscow, the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Defense Ministry reports. A group of eight foreign Read More …

Cambodia: CMAC discusses training for deminers with Colombian Ambassador

Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana had a meeting with Colombian Ambassador Ana Maria Prieto Abad to discuss training demining experts on Friday at CMAC’s office. Ratana said that they discussed a number of remarkable efforts and commitments Read More …

Japan to assist Cambodia to become a landmine-free nation

Japan’s assistance to Cambodia in the decade’s long battle to clear vast areas of landmines in the country would perhaps be close to taking yet another step forward, going by the words of Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hayashi Yoshimasa. Read More …

Magawa, ‘hero rat’ who sniffed out 71 land mines, dies in retirement

Cambodia’s landmine-sniffing rat Magawa, who found more than 100 landmines and explosives during a five-year career, has died at the age of 8, leaving a lasting legacy of saved lives in the Southeast Asian nation. Magawa, who died over the Read More …

Cambodia: Temple tourist sites are mine clearing priorities

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) has cleared more than 40ha of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in two temple areas in Preah Vihear province and continues to do so at the request of the National Authority for Preah Vihear Read More …

First graduation ceremony for 28 female deminers in Sudan

After a month-long training, the first batch of 28 young women graduated in basic humanitarian demining, joining only one other female deminer in Sudan. The successful completion of the training is an unprecedented achievement for both mine action and Sudan Read More …

Mechanical Equipment in IED Clearance: Observations from Iraq

Mechanical equipment has been in the inventory of conventional military forces for the purposes of military engineering—including demining—since the Second World War. The integration of mechanical equipment into UNMAS Iraq clearance activities may have therefore seemed a natural evolution from Read More …

Connecticut: Greenwich students learn how mine detection dogs make ‘this planet a safer place’

Sammy, a Belgian shepherd, paid a visit to local students recently as part of the Marshall Legacy Institute’s annual CHAMPS presentation on the importance of her former work as a mine detection dog. Sammy, who retired from her work in Read More …