Libya: war’s unexploded remnants still threaten
23-08-2012 Photo gallery
Some ten months after the end of the conflict, several cities and areas are still littered with unexploded shells, ammunition and mines – known collectively as explosive remnants of war, or ERW. Much has been cleared, but much more has still to be removed to make these places safe. Since April 2011, the ICRC's explosive ordnance disposal teams have cleared almost 11,000 unexploded devices and have removed small arms ammunition from Ajdabiya, the Nafusa mountains, Bani Walid, Brega, Sirte, Misrata, Zwara, Regdaline and Tripoli. Together with the Libyan Red Crescent, the ICRC is now focusing on teaching people about the risks associated with explosive remnants of war. At the same time, the ICRC is working closely with the Libyan authorities to ensure that clearance work continues effectively in Libya, by supporting their efforts to collect and manage casualty data and advising them on how to develop local capacity to address this humanitarian problem.