Funding for specialist training and digital risk education
Project duration: since February 2022
Following the withdrawal of Russian troops from northern Ukraine, the cleanup work has already begun. For the first systematic clearance of areas contaminated with various remnants of war but not mines, World without Mines is funding the training of specialists in what is known as Battle Area Clearance or explosive ordnance disposal.
The legacies of the war are adding to the humanitarian catastrophe and will continue to plague Ukraine for months, years or decades to come. To warn people of the dangers, World without Mines has facilitated risk education on social media since the war began. Ads are posted on Facebook and Instagram to warn people not to touch or pick up ordnance. Thanks to World without Mines, the warnings could be further developed as videos - they had been viewed 56 million times by the end of May.
Project: "Training for specialized deminers"
The high level of contamination and the nature of contamination with remnants of war pose a major challenge for deminers in Ukraine. Personnel specially trained for "Battle Area Clearance -BAC" or "Explosive Ordnance Disposal -EOD" are needed. World without Mines responds quickly and finances a two-month training course. As a result, eight teams of nine BAC deminers can start clearing the explosive ordnance immediately after the training.
The project "Digital Risk Education"
The danger of unexploded ordnance lurks everywhere in the war zone: unexploded ammunition ranges from small-calibre projectiles to 200-kilogram aerial bombs. In addition, frontline positions and army equipment left behind may be littered with mines and booby traps. These legacies of war compound the humanitarian catastrophe and will continue to plague Ukraine for months and years to come.
Our partner organisation The HALO Trust has therefore launched a risk awareness campaign on social media. Ads on Facebook and Instagram warn people of the dangers and call on them to inform local emergency services if war material is found. Within a month, the posts were viewed 50 million times.
World without Mines has supported The Halo Trust in the realisation and further development of the campaign since the beginning of the war. Advertisements are also published on TikTok and Twitter in neighbouring countries to warn refugees who find explosive devices in the rubble of their homes and towns when they return later.
Pictures: The HALO Trust