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NEWS AND MEDIA

Explore the latest news updates, events and blog posts from TDI below.

Ron is a retired explosive detection dog

Retired Explosive Detection Dog Ron is on a Mission

Ron is a retired explosive detection dog born in the United Kingdom and trained by Dog Detectives. He worked for TDI in Timbuktu in Mali from 2016 until he was retired in April 2022. His work was to search vehicles entering various UN compounds.

When working dogs are retired TDI endeavors to find the best homes possible for them so that they can transition into a new human family life.

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Turkey MDD

Clearing the Eastern Border of Turkey

Following the completion of Phases I and II, TDI is now engaged on Phase III of the Eastern Border Mine Clearance project which extends from Ardahan to Ağrı (Doğubayazıt) along the border with Armenia and Iran, a distance of almost 170km, and includes 96 minefields containing over 80,000 landmines.

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Arek

International Mine Awareness Day 2022

Every year on April 4th, TDI takes part in celebrations to mark International Mine Awareness Day (IMAD). The worldwide theme for this year’s celebrations was “Safe Ground, Safe Steps, Safe Home.” Landmines and unexploded ordnance continue to threaten millions of people around the world today. In light of this, the theme was chosen to recognise the achievements made in clearing the world of landmines and highlighting the work that still needs to be done.

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Women in Mine Action

Women in Mine Action

At TDI, we are proud of the women who work in mine action, so we are dedicating the whole month of March to them. We begin by highlighting Elisabeth, our Project Manager in the Central African Republic.

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UXO

A Successful Season in South Sudan

In South Sudan, unstable ammunition and weapons storage pose a threat to civilians and communities. In August 2020, TDI deployed Ammunition Technical Officers and Ammunition Disposal Teams to conduct inspections, large scale disposal and enhance the safety of these storage facilities.

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FEATURED IN

Explore our latest media coverage below.

Explore our latest media coverage below.

The Guardian – February 2016

From landmines to improvised bombs, weapons impair development Unexploded devices that injure civilians in conflict and post-conflict zones are a barrier to a better future.

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Devex – September 2015

Clearing the Way for Development by Clearing Landmines When a conflict ends and the visible threats move out, it is often assumed all potential danger

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City AM – June 2015

There are 110 million unexploded mines in the world today, and that’s the number under the ground – it doesn’t include those being stored, transported

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