Mines, booby-traps and unexploded ordnance prevent life from getting back to normal after a conflict. That’s why Germany is active worldwide in efforts to clear mines and munitions. One focal area of our work is Ukraine.
The Sahel region is one of the priorities of German foreign, security and development policy. Germany is heavily involved in the region, from providing humanitarian assistance to joining civilian and military stabilisation efforts.
For four years now, the German Government policy guidelines: Preventing crises, resolving conflicts, building peace have provided the framework for Germany’s engagement for peace. In future the focus is to be on climate and health, among other aspects.
Today (23 March) marks the second anniversary of the liberation of Baghuz, which is located on the Iraqi-Syrian border and was the last stronghold of the terrorist organisation Islamic State (ISIS).
For many people in northern Syria, the members of Syria Civil Defence are heroes: they are first responders, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and technical relief workers. The Federal Foreign Office helps these emergency workers do their important work.
In areas in Iraq that have been liberated from ISIS, mines and booby-traps are still one of the main obstacles to the return of refugees. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), which is co-funded by Germany, plays a key role in stabilising the country.