Battle Area Clearance: Masam clears hundreds of unexploded munitions in Ataq

Project Masam deminers from Team 6 have conducted Battle Area Clearance in Ataq, a former conflict zone in Yemen’s southern Shabwa Governorate, clearing hundreds of unexploded deadly munition. Over the last decades, this geotrategic oil-rich region has been a battleground between various entities including Yemeni government forces, local tribesmen, the Southern Transitional Council, AQAP and…

Saeed Hassan’s story

Like many children and teenagers in Yemen, Saeed Hassan was the main shepherd for grazing animals in his family – one of the riskiest activities for civilians living in contaminated areas where the risk is unknown. He recalls is story: Four friends herding their sheep. An explosion. Death and trauma. Pain and a life changed…

Masam team clears 52 banned anti-personnel mines from single area

One of Project Masam demining team has confirmed it located and cleared 52 anti-personnel landmines from a civilian area in just two days. Because of their indiscriminate nature and humanitarian impact, anti-personnel mines are prohibited under international humanitarian law, the 1997 Mine Ban Convention and Yemeni law. Since mid-2017, Houthi militias’ widespread use of anti-personnel…

Four civilians gravely injured by landmine in Al-Hudaydah Governorate

Four civilians from the Al-Tahita District in Al-Hudaydah Governorate have been injured in a landmine blast, Project Masam can confirm. Masam’s humanitarian mine clearance teams operate throughout Yemen in seven Governorates, including Al-Hudaydah located on Yemen’s west coast. The Governorate has been badly affected by Houthi landmines which continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of…