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Remembering A Landmine Clearer Killed in Iraq

Thomas Kemper, chief mission executive of The United Methodist Church, extends sympathy and offers prayers for the family and friends of a landmine clearer killed in a humanitarian operation in Iraq.

Hassan Mahmoud was killed on Oct. 8 in a demining accident north of Telafar. He was part of an extensive program run by Mines Advisory Group (MAG) to clear the way for the return of thousands of people to their homes in the war-plagued country. MAG is a partner of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in landmine clearance in another region of Iraq. UMCOR is a unit of Global Ministries, which Kemper leads.

“While Mr. Mahmoud was not part of the crew working under the UMCOR grant,” Kemper said, “he was one of the heroes working to ensure a safer future for men, women and children affected by the conflict in Iraq. We honour his sacrifice for the welfare of others.” Telafar is a district in the Nineveh Governorate of northwestern Iraq, west of Mosul.

MAG is a non-governmental organization that assists people affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. UMCOR is working with MAG to clear more than a million meters squared of mines and other unexploded devices in Iraq.

“Let us remember in our prayers of thanksgiving all those who are working to rid the world of bombs and other weapons of destruction,” Kemper said.