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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This photo was taken by our UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime colleagues in Pakistan in support of the #igivehope campaign for Wednesday’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

We want you to take part too – share your hand heart photos either on the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking Facebook page or anywhere on social media using #igivehope.

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The Diana Challenge

         ↳ Day 25 - First recollection of Diana you have

Diana visited Angola the week I turned twelve. The following Sunday, Brazilian TV showed her visit at great length, and I distinctly remember thinking how nice it was that a Princess was doing this sort of thing. I was aware of Diana’s existence before this trip, of course, but this was the first time I really paid attention to her. Cherished memories…


"In Nicaragua…when they have rehabilitation centers, they are mostly in the capital, so it’s very difficult for people living in the countryside to get attention." - Sebastian Liste, photographer, on Nicaragua’s legacy of landmines.

Before Nicaragua ratified the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, in 1999, sixteen of its seventeen provinces were mine-affected, particularly rural communities and poorer areas. Just eleven years later, in 2010, Nicaragua was declared mine free, having cleared over 179,000 anti-personnel mines from its territory as well as half-a-million unexploded ordnance. There will no longer be new landmine victims in Nicaragua or in any other mine-free country, but this is of little help to survivors like Juan Lopez, above.

Back in the 1980’s, during the civil war in Nicaragua, Lopez was an able-bodied combatant. Both parties to the conflict laid AP landmines, especially in the north along the Honduras border. After the war, Lopez began working as a freelance deminer for farmers hiring former combatants for land clearance. In 1997, Lopez was demining a coffee plantation and stepped on an anti-personnel mine, blowing off one foot. A year later, he was demining his own farmland, stepped on another mine, and lost his other foot. Photographer Sebastian Liste met Juan Lopez while covering the legacy of landmines in Nicaragua. Watch this video to hear Sebastian Liste tell the story of Juan Lopez and other landmine victims.

In late 2013 and early 2014, five Reportage photographers undertook a group project, commissioned by the ICRC, to document landmines, cluster munitions, and unexploded remnants of war. For this project, Brent Stirton worked in Mozambique, Veronique de Viguerie in Bosnia, Marco Di Lauro in Iraq, Sebastian Liste in Nicaragua, and Paula Bronstein in Laos. Watch this space in the following week for videos about landmine clearance in these other countries.


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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