Schonstedt Instrument Company would like to congratulate Mr. Chris Clark and all the members of the UN Mine Action Programme in southern Lebanon on the announcement of the 2008 Nansen Award, the top distinction bestowed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for efforts to assist refugees. Mr. Clark and the programme were awarded the prize for their efforts to eliminate unexploded cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war after the 2006 conflict in Lebanon.
Schonstedt is proud that its magnetic locators served as an essential tool in the effort to locate and destroy unexploded cluster munitions and other devices to facilitate the safe and dignified return of refugees, pave the way for the delivery of humanitarian aid and ensure the safe deployment of peacekeepers.
The Mine Action Coordination Centre in southern Lebanon (MACC-SL) is managed by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), with whom Schonstedt has collaborated over the last year to donate over 200 magnetic locators to chronically underfunded mine action programmes that do not receive the same attention and resources as that in Lebanon. Recipients to date have included Kenya, Somalia, Laos, Tajikistan, Nepal and Vietnam.
The donation of locators through the Schonstedt Humanitarian Demining Initiative was originally linked to the purchase of Schonstedt pipe and cable locators, but was expanded to include private individuals and groups interested in contributing directly to humanitarian demining. For those interested in supporting the initiative, please visit www.schonstedt.com or contact Bob Ebberson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-724-4754.