Though MAG does not currently operate in Libya, they have been involved in previous operations there from 2011-2013. Risk education was a large part of MAG’s work in Libya. They particularly encouraged school children to be aware of the dangers and engaged them through song and drama, with the help of popular writers and musicians.[i]
Securing ammunition was vital to MAG’s impact in the country, as there was so many explosives that had been spread throughout the country after many ammunition sites were hit during the conflict. Many explosives were destroyed by MAG and others were re-secured. But it was also important to engage the communities to increase awareness and encourage them to make MAG aware of any insecure explosives.
[i] MAG, ‘Libya: New awareness-raising song warns children of explosive weapons risk’, May 21 2013, http://archive.maginternational.org/MAG/en/news/libya-new-song-warns-children-of-explosive-weapons-risk/#.V-pmwa2YJeo
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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