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ARTICLE: A Landmine-free Future with MAG Manchester

Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Manchester. MAG has a focus on landmine clearance and risk education working in countries like Iraq, Cambodia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

MAGSOC, on the other hand, is a student society that promotes MAG’s work and campaigning for a ‘Landmine Free 2025’.

‘Landmine Free 2025’ is a campaign to complete landmine clearance in some of the most contaminated and mine-affected countries by 2025. Landmines have been banned by the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, with 162 countries signing this treaty. 29 countries have been cleared of mines since 1997, but 63 are still contaminated. These countries will not be cleared and people affected by landmines will be forgotten unless support to landmine clearance increases.

Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) kill and injure thousands of men, women and children every year.

Mines and UXO are indiscriminate killers. They don’t obey peace accords or ceasefire agreements. They can lie in the ground for decades after a conflict is over, killing or maiming those trying to reestablish their lives and livelihoods.

Imagine living in constant fear. Fear for your life and for your children. It’s the under-18s who are most vulnerable, and account for nearly half of those killed or injured by mines and UXO.

The Landmine Free 2025 campaign is a call to action to donor and mine-affected states, civil society and the public to reenergise support to landmine clearance. It aims to grow and strengthen national and global partnerships to realise the goal of a world free of landmines.

For more information, listen to Prince Harry advocating landmine clearance:

How to get involved!

Find MAGSOC on Facebook: @magsocietymanchester

Thank you to those who joined us for our first event: an introductory talk to hear about the work MAG does to reach a landmine free 2025.

Manchester Marathon

MAG are offering limited free spaces for the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 8th April.

The charity places are free. In return participants will receive a free running vest, supporters pack and personalised fundraising advice to help reach a target of £500.

For more information visit http://www.maginternational.org/mag/en/get-involved/mag-get-involved-/asics-manchester-marathon-2018/

And to sign up, email fundraising@maginternational.org

 

Words by Olivia from MAGSOC.

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