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MAG in Kurdistan

Location: Iraq


Type: NGO

Kurdistan is a highly impacted area in Iraq and because of a long-standing budget dispute between Baghdad and Erbil, Kurdistan does not have sufficient funds to take on new contractors, so rely heavily on humanitarian clearance actors.

In late 2014, MAG was said to be the only international humanitarian demining NGO left doing clearance work in Kurdistan. MAG has been conducting awareness-raising sessions with IDPs since June 2014.

The education aims to increase awareness of the potential explosives dangers, particularly IEDs, now and when they return.

They also carry out clearance in areas where active hostilities have ceased. They must be careful as a humanitarian mine clearance operator in a conflict situation to not engage in clearance in support of ongoing military operations.

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.