Erbil, 10th October 2018 - The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) is deeply saddened by the death of a deminer working for the international Mines Advisory Group (MAG) while undertaking humanitarian clearance operations in Tel Afar district, northwestern Iraq.
NCCI’s Executive Director, Aaron Moore said “On behalf of the NGO community in Iraq, I extend my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, and to his colleagues at MAG. Every day humanitarian mine-action organizations play a critical role in clearing areas for people to return, and enabling aid to reach those in need. The NGO community has lost a brave member who endured the ultimate sacrifice while serving others.”
The victim worked for MAG, an international NGO, and NCCI member that operates across Iraq to clear areas from unexploded ordnance left following conflict. MAG, like other humanitarian mine-action NGOs follow strict security and safety protocols and are committed to upholding these. All clearance operations are carried out in coordination with the Iraqi Directorate of Mine Action (DMA) and the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA), as appropriate.
- The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) is a member-led organization established in 2003 to coordinate principled, collective NGO action in order to foster development, address humanitarian needs, and promote respect for rights in Iraq. NCCI has offices in Geneva, Baghdad and Erbil. NCCI serves its more than 180 local and international NGO members with coordination, advocacy, government liaison services, and NGO capacity building.