Improving safety and security in post-conflict countries

Explosive hazards prevent children from going to school, inhibit farmers from working the land and block the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance. Each year they kill or injure thousands of people around the world.

Since 1997, UNOPS has been working with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to help make the world a safer place.

UNMAS works collaboratively to ensure effective, proactive and coordinated responses to the problems of landmines and explosive remnants of war. The organization supports the United Nation's vision: "a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies."

Mine action to improve humanitarian​​ situations around the world has taken various forms and shapes over the years. To highlight this work w​e've chosen a selection of images from our projects​ supporting UNMAS across the world over the last 19 years. ​



A man receives deminer training in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Decades of armed conflict has resulted in a nationwide contamination of explosive remnants of war, landmines and cluster munitions. Photo: UNMAS/Gwenn Dubourtoumieu

A dog searches for explosives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Explosive detection dogs are used to search large areas quickly. Photo: UNMAS/Gwenn Dubourtoumieu


In 2006, following the end of the civil war, Nepal was left contaminated by landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices. With support from UNMAS and UNOPS, the Nepalese Army cleared over 200,000 square metres of minefields​, destroying the last mine in June 2011. Photo: UNMAT (United Nations Mine Action Team)

Despite great efforts made in Afghanistan, the country is still one of the most affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war in the world. Approximately 1,500 communities remain affected across the country. 

​​In 2008 and 2009, UNOPS supported UNMAS and partners to demine Bamiyan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Afghanistan that was heavily contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war.
Photos: Mine Action Coordination Centre for Afghanistan (MACCA)/ Jacob Simkin

Every year, explosive hazards kill or injure thousands of people. Victim assistance is a core component of mine action and includes, but is not limited to, information management systems; emergency and continuing medical care; physical rehabilitation; and psychological support and social inclusion. Photo: MACCA/ Jacob Simkin​​​​​​


In 2010, Taufa Ibrahim and Mariam Zaid clear battle areas in Mehaires, Western Sahara. Photo: UN/ Martine​ ​Perret​​​​​​​​​​​​


​This year, in recognition of International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action​, UNMAS is highlighting their work throughout Mali. Since the outbreak of conflict in 2012, explosive hazards have presented a new threat in the country, impacting the safety and freedom of movement in the central and northern regions. 

Explore the interactive map below t​o learn more.