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My first job in mine action was by chance, but I soon came to love the work. I want to improve myself further in this field.

Noor, Team Leader of female demining team, Iraq
Female deminers in the field

Mine Action

FSD has specialized in mine action since the organization was founded in 1997.

The term "mine action" does not refer to mine clearance only. It brings together all the activities aimed at reducing the impact of explosive devices found on a territory.

These devices include anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines, which have been knowingly laid by parties to a conflict, but also all ammunition that has not exploded as intended. The "failure rate" can reach 40% and unexploded ordnance remains a threat after the fighting is over, sometimes even decades later.

Another source of danger for civilians are stocks of arms and ammunition, which can cause accidental explosions. They can also be looted and used in the manufacture of artisanal mines.  

Deminer in action

Demining

Demining does not only include the neutralization and disposal of explosive devices, but also preliminary investigations aimed at determining the location of contaminated areas, as well as the mapping and marking that accompany them. To date, FSD deminers have identified and destroyed nearly 1.4 million mines and unexploded ordnance. An area equivalent to more than four times the city of Paris has been secured.

Current operations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine.

Stockpile destruction

Many countries retain large quantities of old weapons and ammunition, which are often stored in inadequate conditions. Chemical reactions between the components can give rise to spontaneous ignitions, dangerous for the surrounding populations and harmful for the environment. FSD has already destroyed 117 tons of obsolete weapons and ammunition.

Current operations: Tajikistan

Deminer in action
Deminer in action

Risk education

Mine clearance is a long and arduous job. Until the land is secure, the best way to prevent accidents is to educate people living near contaminated areas. Through FSD presentations in villages and schools, nearly 2.5 million people, most of them children, have so far learned to spot mines and unexploded ordnance and know what to do to stay safe in the face of this danger.

Operations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines, Ukraine.

Victim assistance

Every year, several thousand civilians are injured or maimed by mines and explosive remnants of war around the world. Victim assistance is not limited to emergency care and medical treatment. It also includes measures to improve the social and economic situation of accident victims and their families. The FSD intervenes more particularly on this secondary level, by means of personalized interventions.

Operations: Afghanistan.

Deminer in action
Deminer in action

Capacity-building

Mine action programs are often implemented in a hurry, in countries still severely destabilized by the conflicts they have experienced. Coordination is then assumed by international NGOs or the United Nations. The aim, however, is for the responsibility for mine action to fall to the governments of the countries concerned as soon as possible. In this context, FSD is helping to strengthen the skills of the authorities to enable them to coordinate mine action on their territory in an efficient and autonomous manner.

Operations: Colombia, Philippines, Chad.

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