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UNOPS Mine Action Advisor Visits Masam Headquarters in Aden

The Managing Director of the "Masam" Landmine Clearance Project in Yemen, Mr. Ousama bin Yousef Algosaibi, recently received at the project's headquarters in Aden, the Mine Action Advisor at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Charles Frisby, and expert Javed Habibullah.

During the meeting, Algosaibi explained to advisor Charles Frisby the devastating impacts of mines on the Yemeni citizens, and the places where they are spread, pointing to the international community’s shortcomings as regards the mine disaster in Yemen, and the lack of serious action to contribute to mine clearance in Yemen and to exert more pressures on the terrorist Houthi group to stop its mine-planting activities and deliver maps by the rules of international humanitarian law.

Algosaibi reviewed the achievements of the "Masam" project over the past years in Yemen, and the successes achieved by the project in partnership with the Yemen Executive Mine Action Center, stressing the important role of the Yemeni citizen as a key partner in the project's success.

The Managing Director of the "Masam" project explained that every week the project publishes its achievements in detail to all media outlets, which is not done by other demining organizations working in Yemen.

For his part, expert, Vince, Chief Technical Advisor at the "Masam" project in Yemen, briefed the visiting delegation on the mechanisms and means by which the "Masam" project works, reviewing models of smart and camouflaged mines that the project teams have removed from nine Yemeni governorates, and the methods used to destroy and dispose of them to ensure a safe environment for all Yemenis.

For his part, the humanitarian advisor to the United Nations Mine Action Office praised the role of the "Masam" project in Yemen, its achievements over the past years, and its great contribution to rescuing Yemeni citizens and removing mines and other remnants of war.

He spoke about the importance of the role played by the "Masam" project in Yemen, and the level of organization the project has reached, whether in fieldwork, or as regards the publishing of statistics and daily achievements of the project in Yemen, adding, "Yemen suffers from a real disaster due to mines, IEDs, and remnants of war, and everyone must extend a helping hand to the Yemeni people to rid them of this scourge and bring life back to normal in all Yemeni regions."

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