Recent and on-going armed conflict in Mali has created a problem of weapon and explosive contamination which is impacting on the civilian population and stabilization efforts.
Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and landmines are adversely affecting livelihoods, freedom of movement and economic recovery, as well as the safe deployment of national and international forces and extension of state authority.
Some 65 casualties have been reported within the last year, although the actual number of victims is presumably much higher.
TDI has recently been awarded a contract by UNOPS to conduct Survey and EOD operations in the northern Mali regions of Segou, Mopti, Tombouctou, Gao and Kidal.
TDI Managing Director, Hugh Morris, said: “I am delighted to have won this project and am confident in the team that we have put on the ground. TDI has never worked in Mali and we are looking forward to the challenge and a new environment.”
The project team deployed successfully and were operational in time to support the Presidential elections on July 28, 2013.