FSF-IHCE Mine Action and CBRNE Education and Training

Every year, explosive weapons and remnants of conflict, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), landmines, and bombs, kill or injure around 22,000 people. Children make up more than half of those killed by exploding explosives.

People suffer the impacts of weapon contamination long after a war has ended; unexploded bombs continue to kill and injure; and people exposed to chemical agents continue to suffer. Mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW), and other forms of contamination, such as the planned or unintentional release of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear risks, are all examples of weapon contamination.

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It denies whole populations access to basic commodities and services including clean water, firewood, farming, health care, and education, as well as livelihood and important infrastructure like water treatment facilities and hospitals. It obstructs relief efforts, denying people access to humanitarian supplies and exacerbating humanitarian crises.

What FSF-IHCE does on Mine Actions through training and education.

FSF-IHCE uses a flexible, interdisciplinary strategy to reduce the effects of landmines and weapon pollution on the people. It accomplishes so, in particular, through efforts aimed at reducing civilian exposure to conventional and non-conventional dangers through its fundamental cause of education and training, which raises risk awareness, promotes safe behavior, and conducts other risk reduction operations.

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What FSF-IHCE does to mitigate mine risks, CBRNE incidents, and weapon contamination effects varies depending on the situation, but our work typically includes a combination of the following:

Mine Risk Education

Mine risk education are activities such as public information distribution, education and training, and community mine action that strive to decrease the risk of harm from mines or unexploded ordnance by raising awareness and supporting behavioral change.

Clearing mined places is costly, time-consuming, and challenging when climate, relocation, and economic need push people into contaminated areas.

The most effective strategy to address the issue is to educate children about the many kinds of weapons that exist in their society and how to avoid them. However, due to a lack of adequate mine risk education , children lack the necessary information to keep safe.

CBRNE Mitigation through Education and Training

CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) training is critical for protecting individuals and countries from the devastating impacts of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear disasters, whether in the context of warfare, a terrorist incident, or another event.

CBRN training is intense and rigorous, but it gives personnel with the skills and expertise they will need in the case of a CBRN crisis, when fast thinking and a measured response are critical.

164 nations have prohibited the use of anti-personnel landmines, yet they are still employed in wars across the world. There are already 110 million anti-personnel mines in the ground, with more being planted every year. Between 1999 and 2017, landmines killed or wounded over 120,000 people.

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Children account for over half of the victims, with males accounting for 84 percent. Civilians account for 87 percent of those killed.
Due to cases that go unreported, the real figure is indeed very undoubtedly greater.

FSF-IHCE is in partnership with International CBRNE Institute(ICI) in raising awareness, providing training, and conducting education and training sessions for individuals who may be exposed to these threats.

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