The brave deminers of Sirte

Major parts of the Libyan city of Sirte left in ruins

The brave deminers of Sirte

By Rikke Østergård

Eight years of battles have left major parts of the Libyan city of Sirte in ruins.

Dangers in the shape of mines and explosive remnants of war are lurking in the streets and the buildings.

The so-called Islamic State controlled the city for almost two years. Even though the group was ousted from the city in 2016, the horrors live on as Sirte's citizens are trying to avoid the explosives left behind.

Since 2017, DCA has been working in Sirte to help clear the city from explosives. A group of brave citizens have now become an essential part of this process as they are being trained in removing mines and explosive remnants of war.

It is a dangerous task to take on, but the men from the local mine action team believe in a better future for their city and their aim is to make Sirte safer again.

Sirte Mine clearance