MAG has been working in Chad since 2004 to reduce the daily risk of death or injury from landmines and unexploded bombs, and create safe and secure conditions for development free from armed violence.
Why we work in Chad
Northern Chad is heavily contaminated with landmines and other unexploded bombs, largely from the conflict between Libya and Chad (1979-1987) – a major obstacle to local development.
They also have a humanitarian impact, particularly on the nomadic communities in the north. Significant numbers of accidents in some areas have forced the nomads to abandon traditional camel trade routes for longer ones, putting them and their animals at risk of thirst and exhaustion.
Clearing land of explosives also reinforces local economies. Clearing roads, for instance, will help improve trade and opens the path for economic, social, administrative, health and security improvements.
Chad is now considered a relatively stable state in an otherwise unstable region, yet, ongoing conflicts in Chad and in neighbouring countries show how non-state armed groups can exploit instabilities and porous borders. This regional instability is compounded by the widespread proliferation of small arms and ammunition. Large amounts of unsecured explosives increase the likelihood of them entering the black market, which affects the country's stability.
Safety and security with weapons is very important and we have trained more than 2000 recruits over the last nine months.
How we help
MAG clears landmines in the Tibesti region and delivers arms management and destruction projects at various locations across the country.
By building and rehabilitating quality storage facilities in Chad, MAG reduces the risk of weapons and ammunition being diverted to the illicit arms trade, and lessens the devastating human cost of unplanned explosions at munitions sites. MAG has also developed an innovative storage concept using mobile armouries.
We assess the condition of the infrastructure, the weapons and ammunition stockpiles, and the stockpile management procedures and processes in place.
We’ve also developed a range of training courses, including armoury storekeeping, armoury store management, ammunition storekeeping, ammunition store management and ammunition and weapons destruction courses to help build national capacity.
MAG will continue to clear landmines in Tibesti while starting operations in the Lake Chad region for the next four years, implementing surveys to assess which areas are contaminated as well as mechanical and manual clearance. We also plan to do community liaison and risk education in both areas.
Our results in 2017
Small arms ammunition destroyed
Small arms destroyed
Small arms and light weapons training courses