Sixteen Libyans successfully completed a two-week long mine risk awareness session in Zarsis, Tunisi

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29 Oct 2015

Sixteen Libyans successfully completed a two-week long mine risk awareness session in Zarsis, Tunisi

28 Ocotber 2015 - Sixteen Libyan community mobilizers from the southern region of Fezzan successfully completed a two-week long mine risk education session in Zarsis, Tunisia on 28 October 2015.

The project aims to contribute to causality reduction of the vulnerable population through community-based awareness raising and dissemination of safety and accident prevention messaging to at risk groups, particularly Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and conflict-affected communities in seven local communities in Fezzan, Libya.

Community mobilizers are expected to return back to their community and conduct about 280 community-based awareness raising sessions focussing on secondary and high school youth from IDPs and host communities. It is expected to reach approximately 5,600 individuals through community-based awareness raising sessions by the end of December 2015.

Mrs.Mamny Mohamad Abed Rahman expressed her strong passion and commitment to deliver risks and danger ofmines and unexposed ordinances to communities, adding that “Females are good at communicating with people, so that I believe that I am able to make a meaningful contribution to share mine risk messagesby visiting schools and various associations in Ghat.”

“Once I return back to Sabha, I will conduct mine risk awareness sessions in schools where they have been accommodating a large number of IDPs,”Mr.Abedel Baset Jamaah said.

After learning danger of mines throughout this course, Mr.Ahmad Abelsalam Chhoub said that “I need to teach those children playing with mines and unexploded ordnances in the streets that they are extremely dangerous and stay away from them.”

The training course is designed in a practical way including simulation and role-plays between community mobilizers and community member which community mobilizers may encounter shortly. Participants actively participated in the sessions, asking various questions to instructors.

The course is implemented by the Danish Demining Group (DDG). This is a part of the “Provision of Mine Risk Education Targeting Explosive Remnants of Waraffected communities in Libya – South Region” project funded by the government of Japan through UNMAS Libya programme.