Mine Ban Treaty at Fifteen: Call to commit to clearing deadly landmines from Western Sahara

Fifteen years after the Mine Ban Treaty came into force, Western Sahara remains one of the most heavily mined areas of the world, with over 100,000 Saharawi living with the destructive legacy of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war.  Largely overlooked, Western Sahara remains one of the longest standing international crises in […]

Video: landmine clearance in the world’s most extreme environment

In this short documentary, journalist and filmmaker Rob Asher visits AOAV’s demining camps in Western Sahara and follows Mariem Zaid and her team of mine clearance operators in their work securing 72 million square metres of land.   AOAV started work in Western Sahara in 2006 and was the first organisation to conduct a survey into the extent of landmines, cluster bombs […]

News from the ground: January update on AOAV’s field programmes

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) conducts field-based programming in support of its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of armed violence globally. Utilizing experience and knowledge gained from its research, policy-work, and fieldwork, AOAV conducts evidence-based programming in five countries in West, Central, and North Africa – Burundi, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Western […]

AOAV Mine Action Medics deliver a baby in Western Sahara

On 7 December, a local woman Fatma, came to AOAV’s field base in Western Sahara seeking medical assistance. Fatma was in the early stages of labour and experiencing severe pain and needed urgent medical assistance. Fatma and her family live in the remote dessert and due to recent flash floods from the rains, she could […]

News from AOAV: 18 November 2013

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News from the ground: November update on AOAV’s field programmes

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) conducts field-based programming in support of its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of armed violence globally. Utilizing experience and knowledge gained from its research, policy-work, and fieldwork, AOAV conducts evidence-based programming in five countries in West, Central, and North Africa – Burundi, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Western […]

AOAV: Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in Western Sahara

Western Sahara is littered with explosive remnants of war. It is potentially one of the world’s most heavily contaminated areas. Despite this, there is little international awareness of the scale and ongoing impact of the problem in this desert country. Deadly unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmines continue to take lives, to take limbs, to pose […]

In focus: Ahmed Mohamed Sidi Aly, Country Manager of AOAV’s Western Sahara programme

Ahmed Mohamed Sidi Aly has been a crucial part of AOAV’s Western Sahara programme since April 2006. During his last visit in London, we’ve asked him about his every-day challenges, AOAV’s work in Western Sahara and the country’s persistent struggles. AOAV: As AOAV’s country manager in Western Sahara, what do you do? Ahmed: My work starts from the strategic […]

International Women’s Day: a spotlight on women’s role in armed violence reduction and community safety

To mark International Women’s Day, AOAV would like to highlight the invaluable contributions and courage of women involved in projects to promote their rights, improve their safety and reduce and prevent armed violence in their communities. AOAV also wishes to thank and congratulate the work of de-mining teams – made up of both men and […]

Understanding and addressing the needs of victims and survivors of ERW in Western Sahara

This report is a survey conducted by AOAV, in partnership with the Saharawi Association for the Victims of Mines (ASAVIM), to assess the needs and aspirations of victims and the services to affected populations. During this five-month process, from February to June 2012, AOAV consulted over 900 victims and their families in the refugee camps and […]

Western Sahara dangerous area survey report

This report is a the first ever Dangerous Area Survey conducted in Western Sahara east of the Berm. With funding from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. AOAV started the survey in 2006 and completed it in December 2008. The survey identified 158 cluster strikes, 37 […]