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Clearing the Path to Safety: The Battle Against Unexploded Ordnance in Gaza

Updated: Apr 28

As UN demining experts have warned, the task of making Gaza safe again could take 14 years, with an estimated 37 million tonnes of debris to clear. Pehr Lodhammar, a senior officer from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), emphasized that even a conservative estimate suggests that at least 10% of the ammunition fired during the conflict failed to detonate.

With every square meter of Gaza bearing the weight of approximately 200 kilograms of rubble, the road to recovery is fraught with peril.

Amidst this daunting landscape, Gebirah, a Singapore-based humanitarian organization, has stepped forward by leveraging technology for good and offering free use of their humanitarian app, equipped with features designed to map mines and unexploded ordnance.

Users can geotag hazardous locations, enabling safer navigation through the perilous terrain of Gaza.

Furthermore, the app allows individuals to request material aid, fostering a community-driven approach to support those in need.

This initiative is supported by Tech to the Rescue in Poland and Dynamic Sahab in Egypt, in integrating the Arabic language feature into the app. This crucial step ensures accessibility for local communities, empowering them to actively participate in the protection and recovery efforts.

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