Peacekeeping enhanced through mine clearanceListen /
There are some 15,000 people, both men and women, employed as de-miners with the UN Mine Action Service, UNMAS, around the world.
In response to landmines and explosive remnants of war, UNMAS goes into action to remove these hazards that pose threats to civilians long after a conflict is over.
Paul Heslop, Chief of Programmes with UNMAS, says the Service deals with all things explosive – from unexploded shells found in a field to aircraft bombs that landed in a village but didn't go off.
He spoke to Gerry Adams about the risks and benefits of his work and how peacekeeping is enhanced through mine clearance.