MAG has worked in Lebanon to clear the land of mines and other ERW, whilst their Community Liason teams visit affected communities to conduct surveys and spread risk education through leaflets, posters, dialogue and more recently drama. In 2014, MAG has been particularly focused on the Beqaa region that has been severely impacted due to its proximity to Syria.
In Lebanon, MAG teamed up with Clowns Without Borders to create risk education lessons that children from Lebanon and those that are Syrian refugees will enjoy and take life-saving lessons away from. Educational performances were used in schools across the country, alongside other educational games and leaflets that they can share with their families and communities.[i]
The children were taught how to inform MAG if they come across a device and the danger they pose. Not only does this help the Lebanese and Syrian children face the dangers that exist in Lebanon, but will also protect the Syrian refugees when they are able to return home.
MAG have also worked with the Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation to create a play based on everyday dangers that the children could meet and what should be done.
[i] MAG, ‘Spring 2016 Newsletter: Middle East and Emergencies,’ April 25 2016, http://www.maginternational.org/our-impact/news/impact-mags-spring-2016-newsletter/
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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