DDG established themselves within Iraq in 2015, particularly within the Erbil and Duhok, north Iraq. One of the main aims was to deliver mine risk education (MRE) so that people were able to identify, avoid and report mines, ERW and IEDs. The other aim was to provide emergency EOD.
The MRE initially focuses on IDPs and refugees in highly impacted areas, who are highly likely to face contaminated areas if they try to return to their homes.
On-going needs assessments are carried out for ERW contamination alongside other EOD actors in Iraq.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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