Boy saves his friends from a booby-trap in Abyan

Danish Demining Groups Mine Risk Education (MRE) can have significant impact on the safety of individuals living on conflict affected environments. One recent incident to proof this occurred last November in Yemen when Ahmed from Mudiya district in Abyan, saved the lives of his friends when he warned them against touching a strange item that they found on the side of the road as they were walking in an open area behind a mosque. His first reaction was “Guys! Don’t touch or approach it. Let us inform someone older.”
 
 

"I remembered what I was taught by the MRE-trainer and asked my friends not to touch the strange material"- Ahmed, 13-year-old boy living in Abyan.

Danish Demining Groups Mine Risk Education (MRE) can have significant impact on the safety of individuals living on conflict affected environments. One recent incident to proof this occurred last November in Yemen when Ahmed from Mudiya district in Abyan, saved the lives of his friends when he warned them against touching a strange item that they found on the side of the road as they were walking in an open area behind a mosque. His first reaction was “Guys! Don’t touch or approach it. Let us inform someone older.”

Ahmed, 13-years-old boy living in Abyan, is a beneficiary of the child and youth-oriented Mine Risk Education training session that took place on 24th June 2014 in Al-Miqbaba village and was given by DDGs MRE-team. "I remembered what I was taught by the MRE-trainer and asked my friends not to touch the strange material", Ahmed said. He and his friends then ran to the Imam of the nearby mosque to report what they had seen on the ground. The Imam, in turn, reported the matter to authorities, who then sent an explosive expert. “Mosque Imam was the nearest one to us at that time. We were very happy no one was hurt”, says Ahmed.

The explosive experts reported that the item turned out to be a booby trap, in the form of a grenade tied by a tape and put inside a can full of petrol. The explosive experts took the item far from the location and destroyed it, and Ahmed was thanked for his exemplary action in the situation that could have had a tragic ending.


Mudiya is one of Abyan governorate districts in Yemen that has a population of approximately 40,000 inhabitants. Most of Mudiya district villages, including the city have experienced heavy fighting between the Popular Committees and the Al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in 2012 thus affecting the livelihood possibilities of the local people. Since October 2013, DRC/DDG has been providing a high quality MRE-training to more than 12,000 people in the area - 68% of them being children and 32% adult.
Story & photo by: Aref Habeeb DDG's Field Coordinator.