Center for International Stabilization & Recovery

CISR envisions a world where people can build peaceful and prosperous futures free from the repercussions of conflict and disaster.

We help communities affected by conflict and trauma through innovative and reliable research, training, information exchange, and direct services such as:

Mine Risk Education
Peer Support
Management Training
Scientific Research
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Today I saw a land mine for the first time at the ‘Tunnel of Hope’ in Sarajevo.. #landmines #artillery
#weapons #Sarajevo #сарајево #war (at Tunnel of Hope)

Although landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) impact people living in post-conflict communities, many civilians are not knowledgeable about the types of explosive remnants of war (ERW) that threaten their daily lives. Landmine museums that display landmines and UXO that are no longer dangerous can be enlightening for visitors. Post-conflict communities in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia have established at least 13 museums featuring landmines and ERW.

Aki Ra’s dog, Boom-boom, takes a nap on a display of disarmed anti-tank mines, rocket-propelled grenades and unexploded aerial bombs at the Cambodian Landmine Museum and Relief Facility. Photo courtesy of Cameron Macauley.

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'They move one meter by one meter, on their knees. They do this for 10 hours a day, every day, with incredible dedication and effort.' - Marco Di Lauro, Photographer, on clearing landmines in Iraq.

In Iraq, as violence continues to flare, the legacy of old conflicts still remains in the form of buried landmines. The work of clearing the mines is painstaking and dangerous, but is of great importance in the protection of local civilians. Landmines stay active and continue to maim and kill long after wars have ended.

See Di Lauro discuss his work documenting landmines in Iraq for ICRC.


‘A cluster munition is the size of a golf ball. It’s rusted, it blends in with the dead leaves. These boys are just playing around their villages, they find something like that, they pick it up. There has been no education about this whatsoever. The only way the boys in the village learned was after their friends were killed.’  - Paula Bronstein, Reportage by Getty Images photographer

Unexploded munitions, the remnants of American cluster bombing in the 1960s, remain buried in the earth in Southeast Asia. As part of a large project undertaken by Reportage photographers for the ICRC, Paula Bronstein traveled to Laos to document how the bombs are still wreaking havoc on the local population. She discovered a lack of education about the dangers, and met the mothers of children who were killed by munitions.

See more of Bronstein’s work from Laos in this video

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So many moments stay with me. During the course of this recent mission in South Sudan people recounted unimaginable suffering and acute fear; they showed tremendous strength and unflagging resilience; and they shared both deep despair and determined hope.

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Government has appealed to the international community to chip in with about $100 million required to speed up the demining of the country’s borders after the exercise was allocated a paltry $500 000 by Treasury this year.

Secretary in the Ministry of Defence Martin Rushwaya told Parliament yesterday that the paltry allocation from Treasury had stalled the programme.

“We were only allocated $500 000 in the 2014 national Budget for demining and we appeal to the international community to support us to complete the demining exercise,” Rushwaya said.

Director of the Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre Colonel Mkhululi Ncube warned members of the public against tampering with landmines after being misled into believing that the explosives contained red mercury.

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Five Afghan bomb-disposal experts and their driver were killed and three colleagues were kidnapped on Thursday in an insurgent attack in western Afghanistan, a police official told Efe.

The attack occurred at 6:30 a.m. in Herat province, said local police spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi.

Ahmadi said the victims belonged to a non-profit British-American organization called Halo Trust, but the report has not been confirmed by the NGO.

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