DCA’s programme in Lebanon contributes to the complete clearance of contaminated land for socio-economic development, in accordance with Lebanon’s Mine Action Strategy. We clear cluster munitions, landmines and unexploded ordinance in priority areas to increase safe access to land.
In line with the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan, DCA provides youth opportunities, education, protection and immediate assistance for people in Lebanon. This includes psycho-social support to improve the well-being of refugee populations and enhance the ability of individuals to cope. DCA also works with young people to promote skills development ready for employment in the job market.
DCA works in Beirut, Beqaa, Mount Lebanon and Tyre. Our operations support DCA’s three international goals: Save Lives, Build Resilient Communities and Fight Extreme Inequity.
Lebanon has been scarred by decades of armed conflict, which have littered the country with landmines, cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance. The most recent serious contamination occurred during the 2006 Israeli hostilities against Lebanon, where a variety of munitions were used during the 34-day war. The minefields along the Lebanese-Israeli border stretch for more than 118km and contain as many as 400,000 anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines.
Despite progress over many years, cluster munitions, landmines and other unexploded ordinance remain a grave concern in Lebanon. The presence of these weapons hampers socio-economic development and poses live-threatening risks to people living in areas blighted by them. The war in neighbouring Syria has increased the need for productive land, as the country’s population increased with the influx of 1.5 million refugees. This placed an even greater strain on land needs, natural resources and basic goods and services.
At the end of 2018, the Lebanon Mine Action Centre reported that over 46 million m² of land remain to be cleared, of which 22% is suspected to be contaminated by cluster munitions, 36% by landmines and 33% other suspected hazardous items.
Since October 2019, protests against the government and corruption have taken place. While largely peaceful, at times violence has erupted. The Coronavirus pandemic and the Beirut Blast on 4 August 2020 added to Lebanon’s woes and contributed to a sharp devaluation of the Lebanese currency, which has caused increased poverty and suffering of the population.
DCA has been clearing cluster munition contaminated areas in south Lebanon since 2007 and manual mine clearance activities from 2010 in areas affected by the civil war.
DCA has developed partnerships with local organisations to provide education and protection services to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, and vulnerable Lebanese host communities. DCA is also working with local organisations to engage and empower young people, building their personal resilience and preparing them for employment.
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