MAG Recognized for Clearing Explosive War Remnants in Quang Tri with Certificate of Merit

On March 15, in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri province, Mines Advisory Group Vietnam (MAG) held a ceremony to commemorate its 25th anniversary. During the event, MAG was honored with certificates of merit from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and the People's Committee of Quang Tri province for its remarkable contributions to Vietnam's socio-economic progress from 1999 to 2024, as well as its significant efforts in post-war recovery in Quang Tri province.

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According to Hoang Nam, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Tri province, Quang Tri is one of the provinces that suffered the most severe impacts of the war, with the highest amount of bomb and mine contamination in the country. Immediately after the war ended, Quang Tri started removing bombs and mines to relocate people, stabilize production, and promote socioeconomic development. However, due to limited resources and outdated methods, only bombs, mines, and explosives scattered on the surface in high-priority areas can be cleared. During that time, Quang Tri recorded over 100 landmine victims annually.

In 1996, Quang Tri became the first province in the country to be granted permission by the Vietnamese government to establish cooperation projects with organizations aimed at addressing the consequences of post-war bombing and mining. In 1999, MAG came to Vietnam and initiated collaboration with Quang Tri province to carry out various crucial operations, including non-technical surveys, mine prevention education, mobile bomb and mine disposal, clearing of bombs and mines in former war zones, and establishing local contact points.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Tri province Hoang Nam (Photo: Q.H)

Over the past 25 years, MAG Vietnam has conducted 72 non-technical surveys to identify mine-contaminated areas and has discovered and safely disposed of 390,000 explosive objects, including bombs, bullets, and mines. More than 2,500 mine avoidance education workshops have been organized, and eight social media campaigns have reached over one million people, providing them with information on how to avoid landmines.

Thanks to MAG’s efforts, 250 km2 of land in Vietnam has been cleared of mines and bombs, allowing people to build and farm with confidence. Currently, 1.1 million people in Quang Tri, Quang Binh, and Quang Nam provinces reside in mine-free areas, ensuring a safe environment for construction and development.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Tri province Hoang Nam awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee to MAG Vietnam in recognition of its contributions to overcoming post-war bomb and mine consequences in Quang Tri. (Photo: Q.H)

According to Hoang Nam, MAG is currently one of Quang Tri province’s main partners in its efforts to overcome the consequences of landmines and an essential partner in Vietnam’s National Mine Action Program. Together with other organizations, MAG has made a significant contribution to reducing landmine accidents in Quang Tri province and providing clean and safe land for locals.

“I acknowledge the passionate dedication of MAG’s leaders and employees over time and the personal leadership role of National Director of MAG Vietnam Sarah Goring and the management staff of MAG organization in implementing an effective cooperation program in Quang Tri,” said Hoang Nam.

Head of the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) Tran Phu Cuong awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations to MAG. (Photo: Q.H)

At the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Hoang Nam presented MAG with a Certificate of Merit from the Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee in recognition of its efforts in supporting Quang Tri province in overcoming the effects of post-war bombing and mining.

In addition, MAG received a Certificate of Merit from representatives of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations for its significant contributions to socio-economic development in Vietnam from 1999 to 2024.

The MAG Mine Advisory Group is an international humanitarian organization that strives to clear and remove mines, cluster munitions, and other explosives in nations affected by war. MAG, founded in the United Kingdom in 1989, has helped millions of individuals in conflict-affected communities in over 70 countries, providing them with peace of mind and helping them rebuild their lives and livelihoods after experiencing violence.
Phuong Nguyen