Munitions and Mine Risk Education (MRE)
Landmines are often described as the perfect soldiers, they don’t need food, water or sleep to function and can continue to serve their purpose for decades. In most cases, they continue to work long after conflict has ceased, posing a huge risk to innocent lives. Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) pose a similar problem to landmines. If these deadly weapons are disturbed, either by accident or on purpose, they can cause devastating destruction. Those most at risk of ERW discovery are children; naturally curious and playful.
Although not removed, the risk can be lessened through suitable education programs that teach the typical indicators of landmine and ERW contamination. Knowing what to look for when entering unknown areas and the correct action for this situation can lead to a reduction in the number of casualties. Golden West has embarked on a number of programs over the years to educate children and adults to the dangers of ERW and Landmines. These programs have been delivered in numerous countries around the world, in different languages and to different sections of society.