Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Locators Deployed to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Since the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s independence in 1960, the country has been locked in a spiral of armed conflict that has resulted in nationwide contamination of explosive hazards. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has been present in the DRC since 2002, supporting the National Mine Action Authority (CCLAM) in coordinating the survey and clearance activities of suspected hazardous areas identified throughout the country. In August 2018, the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative (SHDI) deployed ten (10) locators to the DRC to aid in the detection of buried landmines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and other unexploded ordnance…


Schonstedts at work in Baku

AS REPORTED BY AZERNEWS 06/27/17 — By Rashid Shirinov An unexploded 76-millimeter artillery shell was detected in the Sabunchu district of Baku on the territory called ‘Gulchuluk state farm’ while inspecting a garden, the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) told Trend on June 26. ANAMA took the detected ammunition from the territory to defuse it. In general, ANAMA specialists detected 5,780 unexploded ordnance, as well as 191 anti-tank and 30 anti-personnel mines, in Azerbaijan since early 2017. >Read the full story here

10 Locators shipped to Palau for SHDI

On April 6, 2017, ten GA-72Cd’s were shipped to Palau through the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative. Palau is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean that continues to be impacted by WWII-era unexploded ordnance (UXO). The island became infiltrated with buried UXO as a result of fighting between the United States and Japanese forces in 1944. The U.S has invested over $1.3 million in the cleanup. This particular shipment from Schonstedt Instrument Company was vetted through The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the US State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA), shipped to Norwegian People’s Aid –…

SHDI sends 4 more demining units to Iraq

Schonstedt Instrument Company is proud to report the shipment of four GA-72Cd Magnetic Locators to be used in the humanitarian demining efforts in the war-torn country of Iraq. Now in its 10th year, the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative has shipped over 500 donated locators to underserved regions all of the world. For full details on this important program, and to learn how you can donate to this effort, click here for the SHDI page on this Website.  

US State Dept. Honors Demining Efforts

Schonstedt Instrument Company, in partnership with the United Nations Mine Action Service and the US Department of State, continues to deploy donated magnetic locators to underserved countries through the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative. To date, more than 500 units have been shipped to demining teams in 28 countries. The Society of Religious Friends (Quakers) of Woodstown, NJ has been responsible for the donation of over 100 of those units, and was recently honored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Political- Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Frank Lenik and Jack…

SHDI in Azerbaijan

The Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative (SHDI) continues to help save lives in countries that need it the most. Here’s a recent posting from the Azeri News Agency (APA). Baku – APA. Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) on Wednesday released a report on the unexploded ordnances (UXO) discovered in the Terter district. According to the report, two UXOs, as well as the detonating fuse of a 122 mm artillery shell were seized as a result of the inspection conducted at five explosion sites in the Jamilli village of Terter. In general, from 7 April to 22 June, ANAMA inspected…

Humanitarian Demining Video

United Nations Mine Action Service This video tells the story of an innovative humanitarian demining partnership involving the United Nations Mine Action Service, Schonstedt Instrument Company, the US Department of State and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who have raised funds for donating magnetic locators to mine action programmes around the world. Produced by Richard Krantz


Surveyors Assist in Global Demining

Good article in the June 23 edition of Pangaea (the xyHt e-Newsletter) about the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative and how surveyors are assisting in this global demining effort: UXOs and Mines Hurt, Surveyors Help The great thing about writing this newsletter is finding all the neat geospatial technology out there. Seeing this technology used for a truly good end is truly satisfying. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see any civilian geospatial technology be used for bad purposes, but this is an especially interesting effort; read on.) Click here to read full article