How Project Masam brought livelihoods back to Yemeni farmers in landmine-contaminated Shabwah

In every area where Project Masam has worked, the impact of its humanitarian landmine clearance work is visible, and the success stories that its demining teams are writing in Yemen are many and varied, from securing roads to allowing displaced civilians to return home.
In the Jaabour Al Salim area of Usaylan district in Yemen’s Shabwah governorate, Project Masam teams returned agricultural land back to life, and enabled farmers to reclaim their once landmine-contaminated earth and benefit from its resources safely after years spent avoiding it due to the presence of landmines.
Farmer Saleh Abdullah bin Salim told Project Masam that the efforts made and being made by Project Masam’s demining teams have had an indescribable impact on local villagers.
He added: “We are so grateful to the Masam teams whose efforts enabled us to return to our farms safely, and here we are reaping the fruit of these efforts, as agriculture for us means life and is the main source on which we rely to support our families.”
From his farm, which he has begun to replant, Saleh bin Salim appealed to Project Masam to continue its humanitarian landmine clearance mission, save the lives of civilians in their homes, and secure sources of livelihoods in every landmine-contaminated area of Yemen.
The leader of Project Masam’s Team 14 confirmed that his team was able to secure several farms in the Al Salim area of Shabwah and enabled civilians to replant them, safely.

He added that his team removed 90 landmines planted by Houthi militia on the farm before securing the farm and handing it over Saleh bin Salim – who is currently ploughing it in preparation for re-cultivation.