Location: Somaliland and south-central Somalia
HALO have operated in Somaliland since 1999, conducting mine risk education land clearance, focusing on demining and EOD, and increasing stockpile management and physical security. By 2016 they had cleared almost 20km² of hazardous area, disposed of over 4,500 landmines, over 33,000 items of UXO, and 215,000 of small arms ammunition. By 2018, HALO hope to have cleared all known hazardous areas by the end of 2018.
HALO began work in other regions of Somalia in 2015. They are conducting non-technical survey operations in south-central Somalia, particularly near the Somali-Ethiopian border, where a significant amount of mines are present. Clearance operations were meant to start in 2016.
HALO were contracted by UNMAS to survey contaminated areas.
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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