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First Interim Report to NMFA
General
In 2010 Mine & UXO Impact Relief (MIR) put a proposal forward to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair in order to support mine field release, dispose ordnance, and battle area clearance in Northern Iraq. The MFA granted 2 million NOK for 12 months.
MIR started with preparedness from 1st Sep 2010 and commenced field operations on 1st Oct 2010.
Administration
MIR is sharing the office with its mother organization the Norwegian Peoples’ Aid. MIR contributed with 25% of the admin cost for water, electricity, guarding, internet, premise rent, etc.
Prior to operations MIR established its own accounting and banking system. MIR employed one accountant/Admin in order to be dedicated for that.
MIR renewed its contract with the Ministry of Industry for renting the operations base in Mawat area. The rent period is for coming three years with 300 $ per wage per year.
MIR made agreement with General Mine Directorate (GDMA) to include GDMA to cover half cost of warden our camp. This is because GDMA stores all its explosives in our camp.
Operations
During the reporting period MIR worked on land release in Klka shinkie field in Drie village located in Mawat district. The task is very difficult because of high metal contamination. The team cleared 1,863m² manually and 11,057m² lands released.
We conducted 23 EOD tasks and destroyed 442 anti personnel mine, 3 anti tank mine, 227 UXO and one cluster bomb. Additionally, Battle Area Clearance for 15,340m² achieved.
Logistics
Major investments have been covered in past years. NPA handed over all mine action programme assets to MIR under some official agreement. Only daily running costs was required during the reporting period.
Personnel
Altogether MIR has 20 staff. Most of the management levels and administration are 50% part time job. This is to give priority to the operations unit of the organization.
Plans ahead
Mawat is mountainous area and it recognized to have hard weather during winter season. So as not to encounter long brake down time, MIR plan to move its operation to south.
Sherko H.Rashid
Manager
 
 
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