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Mechem in Somalia

Location: Somalia


Type: Private

Mechem, is a south African company, known for their demining work across the globe. In Somalia, they have provided modified versions of the CASSPIR, a four-wheel drive mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, and other demining equipment to AMISOM and the UN, as part of the support services they offer to both actors in the country.

Though, it should be noted, that despite Mechem’s experience in bomb-disposal and demining, these are not the type of services they operate in Somalia.[i]

[i] DefenceWeb, ‘Mechem support integral to UN work in Somalia’, July 21 2014,

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.