DDG STARTS CLEARANCE ACTIVITIES IN COLOMBIAThe DDG team in Colombia is happy to announce the start of clearance activities after a long wait. The deminers are very excited to start clearing explosives from the contaminated land, creating a safer environment for the community
In November 2016, the Colombian government and the non-state armed group the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), signed a peace agreement. This brought an an end more than 50 years of protracted armed conflict. The implementation of the Peace Accords and the legitimacy and sustainability of the peace itself is directly related to addressing the problem of mines and ERW - In particular to the accords on agricultural reform, ending conflict, and addressing the problem of illicit cultivation and drug trafficking.
Following on its Humanitarian Mine Action work in Colombia, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) began clearance operations on January 21st, 2020, in the Confirmed Hazardous Area (CHA) of “Alto de La Cruz”. This area is located within the Yurayaco indigenous reserve, Yachaikuri Educational Center, in the municipality of San José del Fragua, Department of Caquetá, Colombia.
Through this intervention funded by WRA (@StateDeptPM), DDG expects to release land and contribute to new opportunities for the peasant and indigenous population of Yurayaco and San José del Fragua. Through the release of their land, they will be able to undertake productive, educational and environmental activities without any threat. The Clearance, Mine Risk Education and Non-Technical Survey teams work every day to make this possible and to return safe land back to the community.