FROM THE FIELD: ‘Perseverance, painstaking patience’ of world’s deminers |

Millions of people have benefitted from the work of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) which was established in 1997. It currently has 19 mine-clearing operations in countries which have experienced war and instability.

In South Sudan, UNMAS continues to remove mines and other hazardous explosive material following conflict there. UNMAS/Martine Perret

In 2020 in South Sudan alone, UNMAS found and destroyed some 35,000 deadly devices. It costs just $1 to make a landmine but around $1,000 to safely remove it from the land.

Ahead of International Mine Awareness Day which is marked annually on 4 April, see photos and illustrations of deminers at work here.

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