PHASE II - Contributing to a safer Sinjar by conducting explosive ordnance clearance and risk education through the capacity strengthening of the local NGO SHO

Irak et Kurdistan Irakien

The Sinjar district in Ninewa Province was severely impacted by the Daech occupation, starting in August 2014, and the subsequent war of liberation until October 2017. This is due to the ethnic make-up of the district, which is home to the world’s largest Yezidi community. The majority of Sinjar’s diverse population fled the fighting in the direction of Iraqi Kurdistan. Today, around 140,000 of the district’s inhabitants still live displaced in the Dohuk district alone. The year 2020 saw a significant increase in returns, and an agreement on the governance of Sinjar signed between the Kurdish authorities and the central Iraqi authority, raising hopes of a growing return of these populations. Nevertheless, as a result of three years of war, the Sinjar district suffers from high levels of explosive contamination, which could pose a long-term threat to civilian populations. It is therefore urgent to ensure that the population adopts safe behaviours in the face of explosion risks, and that the contaminated land in Sinjar is cleaned up.


Identify areas contaminated by explosive remnants of war, then clear the land by supporting the local capacity and activities of a local NGO (Shareteah Humanitarian Organization) with expertise in mine risk education and mine clearance.

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HAMAP-Humanitaire Contacts

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