We conduct Explosive Ordenence Risk Education in mine-affected communities so that people can stay safe until land has been cleared.
Clearing mines and cluster bombs is a time consuming task. Before we have finished the job, it is vital that the population in areas affected by mines and other undetonated explosives know how to deal with these threats.
Information campaigns for the population living in areas exposed to undisturbed explosives are an important part of NPA’s work. The goal is to teach local communities how to avoid, recognise and report explosive threats in their surroundings.
Knowledge and safe behavior save lives!
We do community liaison and tailor educational programs based on age, gender, occupation and cultural context. Nearly 9 out of 10 mine victims are boys and men, and certain occupational groups are more at risk, such as shepherds and construction workers.
The aim is to minimise the number of accidents by making people change behavior. This is how we save lives and limbs.
Risk education is especially important for children, who often find it fun to play with objects they find on the ground. For example, an undetected cluster bomb may look like a ball. Another important target group is refugees returning to their home in the aftermath of conflict.