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.
In many parts of Iraq, mines, explosive ordnance and IEDs are still preventing a return to normal life. Germany supports the United Nations Mine Action Service and other organisations in their work to eliminate the threat posed by explosive remnants of war.
There is a danger of death for people on both sides of the contact line stretching for over 450 km in eastern Ukraine as the terrain is mined. The organisation HALO Trust is working to clear the mines, efforts supported by Germany to the tune of two million euro.
From Afghanistan to Bosnia and Herzegovina – Germany is working around the world to address the threat posed by mines and IEDs. At a conference at the Federal Foreign Office today, participants will examine mine clearance in complex crisis contexts.
At the heart of the conference, which is being held in Berlin on 18 September, is the new Federal Foreign Office Humanitarian Mine Action Strategy 2019-2021.
The city, devastated by IS, is still riddled with deathly traps. The Federal Foreign Office is making available ten million euros so that reconstruction work can begin.