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From danger to hope: A glimpse into explosive ordnance disposal with the ICRC

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by Miguel Poñe
in partnership with ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross

Around the world, the grim legacy of armed conflict persists long after the guns fall silent. Explosive remnants of war pose an ongoing risk to the safety and lives of countless civilians. They include landmines, grenades, artillery shells, rockets and other explosive munitions that either failed to explode after being fired or were abandoned. This issue is known as weapon contamination; and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been at the forefront of addressing the problem for decades, working tirelessly to clear contaminated areas, educate people about the risks and advocate for safer environments in the wake of conflict.

Clearing the path to safety

The ICRC's explosive ordnance disposal efforts are a beacon of hope for communities burdened by weapon contamination. Our highly skilled teams of ordnance disposal specialists clear large areas of land, often working in close collaboration with local authorities and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. By removing unexploded ordnance, we not only save lives but also enable communities to reclaim their livelihoods.

Our commitment to safety is unwavering. Our specialists meticulously search affected areas, using advanced technology and techniques to identify and neutralize hidden dangers. As a result, countless families are once again able to access farmland, water sources, schools and other amenities without fear.

Education: A shield against danger

The ICRC recognizes that knowledge is a powerful tool for preventing accidents. We carry out awareness-raising campaigns to educate adults and children about the risks associated with these weapons. Through interactive workshops and community engagement, our disposal experts empower individuals to make informed decisions to minimize the chances of accidental injury or death.

A part for you to play

In war-torn areas, weapon contamination casts a shadow over people’s future, inhibiting development and leaving communities in perpetual danger. The ICRC's multifaceted approach – encompassing demining, education and advocacy work – provides a comprehensive solution to this global challenge. And you too can play a part.

If you are an experienced explosive ordnance disposal specialist and are interested in having a real impact on the lives of people affected by armed conflict, our operational teams in Yemen need you.

Weapon Contamination (WeC) Coordinator vacancy in Yemen

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist vacancy in Yemen

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