Many people are as ignorant as I was, but we can change this...



From Turkey

DRC/DDG Risk Education in Turkey

The protracted crisis in Syria has resulted in vast contamination of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), putting civilians at great risk. Since 2013, Danish Deming Group (DDG) has responded to the Syrian crisis by providing Risk Education to the Syrian refugees in the region.

Leila, an 29-year old school teacher from Aleppo, works as a Risk Education facilitator with DRC/DDG in Turkey, informing Syrian refugees about the risks of explosive remnants of war and how to keep themselves and their families safe when returning back home. ”Before I started working with this, I didn’t realize the importance. Now I know that these dangerous items will still be there after the war has ended, and through our work I will have contributed to saving people’s lives. Many people are as ignorant as I was, but we can change this.”

In Turkey, with more than 700,000 Syrian refugees, DDG work in close collaboration with DRC, who are providing support in terms of NFI distribution, recreational and psychosocial activities and legal and social counselling through community centers.

The Risk Education teams are conducting awareness raising sessions to inform the Syrian refugees about the risks and threats of ERW in order to decrease the number of people being injured or killed. They work mainly with non-camp refugees living in urban settings, and conduct the sessions in schools, private homes and public venues such as parks and community centers. So far, more than 9,000 individuals have attended the sessions, and the teams now reach more than 1,000 beneficiaries every month.

”I believe that we can make a difference”, says Leila. ”People need this information – when we insh’allah one day can return to Syria.”

DDG is the Humanitarian Mine Action department of DRC.