The generous and timely donation by Schonstedt Instrument Company of 35 magnetic locators to the programme of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Mali is significantly enabling the survey of dangerous areas contaminated by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and hence contributing to human security.
Indeed, armed conflict in Mali has created a problem of explosive contamination which is impacting the civilian population and stabilization efforts. This impact includes the potential loss of life and injury of people within affected communities but also the safe return of refugees and internally displaced people. Since March 2012, 80 civilian ERW casualties have been recorded in Mali, of which more than half are children. Explosive contamination is also adversely affecting livelihoods, freedom of movement and economic recovery, as well as the safe deployment of national and international forces and extension of state authority.