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Abstract

Mine risk education (MRE) is considered to be one of the key components of mine action throughout the world. It is the first step in reducing mine/UXO injury and death rates through dissemination of safe-behavior messages and rules among the population in contaminated and nearby areas. According to the Azerbaijan Mine Action Programme, MRE should be supported by and integrated with other forthcoming mine-related activities in Azerbaijan. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) MRE program in Azerbaijan is funded by the U.S. Department of State. It has been implemented and coordinated in close cooperation with the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) since 2000. As a result of that program, the general interest and positive attitude of local people towards MRE have significantly increased. Even children have become more sensitive and have started reporting to local authorities any dangerous items they encounter.

 

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