MAG - Find out about the good work that the Mines Advisory Group do in this area

Mines Advisory Group (MAG) is a non-profit organisation that works to save and improve lives by reducing the devastating effects armed violence and remnants of conflict have on communities around the world. As of 2014 MAG employs around 2,300 people for conflict affected countries and 100 international experts in 17 countries, including Vietnam.

Vietnam remains heavily contaminated by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) specifically Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), from a conflict that ended 40 years ago. The latest data reveals that 19.3 million items were dropped by the US alone during the conflict, amounting to 14 million tons of ordnance - nearly three times the amount used by the Allies in World War II. These figures are also incomplete and do not account for ground fighting and failed sorties. 300,00-800,000 tonnes of UXO still contaminating approximately 15% of the surface of Vietnam.

Central Vietnam is the most affected region, particularly in the area known as the ‘demilitarized zone’ lying on the 17th parallel, which demarcated the border between North and South Vietnam. Quang Binh Province (the home of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park) and Quang Tri (directly South) are the two most contaminated and UXO affected provinces in the country. Each square meter of land in Quang Binh province was exposed to, on average, 29kg of ordnance and 100% of communes are still contaminated. As well as causing deaths and injuries, UXO also block access to land which could be used for farming and development projects. To this day, nearly a quarter of the people in Quang Binh still live below the poverty line.

MAG has been working in Vietnam since 1999, and in Quang Binh since 2002, releasing nearly 10 million square meters of land back to communities and removing and destroying over 215,000 items of UXO and landmines. In Quang Hing alone, MAG’s work has benefitted over 1.3 million people. MAG has worked extensively clearing land in Bo Trach and Min Hoa districts, which Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park straddles, and has cleared sites within the park itself. These areas remain extensively contaminated and MAG will continue to work to keep these communities safe in the future.

If you would like to help us support MAG, and would like to help promote the organisation, please make a donation in to the MAG donation box at the Farmstay. In return for a 120,000 vnd donation we will give you a MAG hat. In return for a 250,000 vnd donation we will give you a MAG t-shirt, and you will be saving lives.

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