Handicap have been clearing mines and UXO from Casamance throughout 2016. They had previously carried out land clearance three years ago. In 2016, they planned to clear 55,000m2.
They are also assisting the Senegalese Association of Mine Victims in providing mine risk education in the same area.
60 schools and 65 villages will be the target of the education as they hope to reach children most importantly due their curiosity and inexperience that makes them more vulnerable. Pax Mondial provided several mine detection dogs to Handicap International to aid their efforts.
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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