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Abstract

Founded in January 1996, the Humanitarian Foundation of People against Landmines, or Stiftung Menschen gegen Minen (MGM), is Germany’s first Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) created specifically for humanitarian demining. Before the inception of MGM, Germans in need of demining aid turned chiefly to England (the HALO-trust and Mine Action Group) and Norway (Norwegian People’s Aid). Though a few German organizations have been involved in demining, they have focused on limited mined areas or on political campaign. MGM, in contrast, provides emergency demining aid; instructs and employs the local population in demining precautions and operations; and conducts research in demining operations.

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