In conflict and post-conflict situations, people are often facing threats to their lives, safety, and livelihood due a number of risks. Chief among these risks are explosive hazards such as mines, abandoned munitions, unexploded ordnance, and improvised explosive devices.   Mine action plays a key role in reducing the risk of these explosive hazards and restoring access to basic services. The following videos show how mine action organizations work towards achieving greater safety for affected communities through clearance, risk education and victim assistance.


Clearance of Mines and ERW is the process of gathering information on explosive hazards/ordnance using both technical and non-technical surveys and removing them through explosive hazard removal.  It aims to remove contamination of mines and ERW, so that civilians can return to their homes and carry out daily activities safely.

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Mine Risk Education refers to activities aimed at reducing the risk of injury from explosive hazards by raising awareness and promoting behaviour change. This can include information campaigns, training and liaison with communities.

2019 Risk Education/Awareness videos available here:

Mine Action Risk Education Video Library

International Mine Awareness Day 2018

Mosul: The Road to Recovery



Victim Assistance includes the actions to meet the needs of people injured by mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) and improvised explosive devices (IED), survivors, as well as families of people injured and killed, and affected communities (defined as victims in the Mine Ban Treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Optional Protocol V of the Convention on Cluster Munitions). This includes emergency and ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, psychosocial support, social inclusion, inclusive education, and economic inclusion including social protection. The provision of this assistance is guided by the principle of non – discrimination. Victim assistance also requires states to collect data on mine/ERW/IED casualties and on the needs of victims, and the development and implementation of laws and policies that promote the rights of victims, many of whom are children.

Clear Colombia of Landmines: the Testimony of Leonardo, a Former Farmer
Video over mine victim assistance project conducted by HI in Colombia, through the testimony of a mine victim who was injured by a mine, lost his leg, and thanks to HI support, can today work again.


The Path of Hope: Focus on the Colombian Women Facing Landmines
Canada supported HI in assisting mine survivors in Colombia with their recovery and reintegration into society. The project helped increase access to services for mine survivors and increase the capacity of Colombian organizations that provide VA. Discover the role and place of Claribel, Libia, Ligia, Martha and other women in the project.


Gender and Diversity in Victim Assistance
This animated video shows why victim assistance programmes should be specifically tailored for victim’s needs and desires.


Victim assistance: Building the future — Handicap International


Farzana : healing the wounds of war
(a video from ICRC archive)


South Sudan : helping the disabled walk again
(a video from ICRC archive)


Surviving landmines : Edisson’s road to recovery
(a video from ICRC archive)

Afghanistan: Healing through football

For children at our Kabul Physical Rehabilitation Center in Afghanistan, football is not just a sport. It is an integral part of their physical, mental and social rehabilitation.

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Ahmad – Landmine Victim

HI has been working alongside the victims of explosive weapons. Supported by ECHO, the organization currently has 500 professionals working in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria to assist the most vulnerable, including people with injuries, people with disabilities, and people who are elderly or isolated.

Power to Empower

Breaking Barriers 


Mine action is dedicated to strengthening and mainstreaming gender perspectives in its activities, planning, implementation and evaluation. Thus, its efforts aim to achieve universalization and gender equality and full implementation of all relevant treaties and conventions.

Women in Mine Action – DRC


Thanks to all the partners who contributed videos. More videos will be posted soon.