Humanitarian Disarmament in Lebanon
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) became actively involved in Lebanon following the Israeli invasion in 1982. NPA initiated with emergency relief, physical rehabilitation and, vocational training.
In 2006, more than 1 million cluster munitions were fired into South Lebanon. This resulted in hundreds of civilians being killed and more than 2,000 being injured, and huge areas of land becoming unusable. NPA Humanitarian Disarmament has been working in South Lebanon, clearing the land contaminated with cluster munitions since 2007.
MBT : not a state party
CCM : state party; clearance deadline: 2020
After the liberation of South Lebanon, NPA and local partners launched a Landmine Victim Assistance ( VA ) and a Mine Risk Education ( MRE ) Program in Lebanon in 2001.Currently, NPA operates with a number of Battle Area Clearance Teams ( BAC ) in South Lebanon. NPA also assists Lebanon Mine Action Centre (LMAC) in manual clearance methods, as well as mine risk education and mine victims assistance activities. NPAs operational approach ensures that the focus is on the actual threat, deploying manual assets to the areas where there is actual contamination.NPA’s Humanitarian Disarmament programme has released thousands of square metres of land for safe use and destroyed over 7000 cluster munitions since 2007 with its BAC teams.
In addition to the Humanitarian Disarmament project, NPA has a Young Empowerment programme, Aid and Emergency programme and a Human rights programme.
There are almost 4000 recorded victims of landmines, cluster munitions, and other explosive remnants of war in Lebanon according tothe Landmine Monitor.
NPA Mine Action started its BAC program in Lebanon in September 2006 aiming at assisting local authorities in eliminating the risk of injury and death from unexploded cluster munitions threatening south Lebanese communities, as well as enabling communities to restore their livelihoods.
Norwegian People’s Aid started its work in solidarity with the Palestinian refugees in Shatila refugee camp and the surrounding Sabra area after the Israeli invasion in 1982.