Why explosive hazard clearance in Iraq matters in New Zealand


Even as the world struggles to put the worst of the Covid-19 crisis behind us, its lessons for global problem-solving remain to be applied elsewhere.

What has Covid-19 proven so far? Arguably, given talent and money available, in time, medical science, socially responsible health systems, governments, along with private sector partners found, in the coronavirus’ potential to harm everyone on the planet, the will and the way to unite to contain its spread. That effort continues.

In contrast, human-made problems often can seem intractable even as they inflict harm on innocents by the millions in far off places such as Iraq where I work for the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). The reason? Their socio-economic and political consequences can seem a distant distraction removed from daily life.

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