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Donated Mine Detectors Bound for Darfur

April 21, 2009

A shipment of thirty mine detectors will soon be in the hands of United Nations humanitarian deminers in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The instruments have been donated by church groups, trade associations, individuals and customers of Schonstedt Instrument Company, which manufactures the demining tools and coordinates distribution to the world's most mine-infested countries.

Schonstedt matches each donated unit and ships them, according to UN priorities, to countries where humanitarian demining is most needed and where it would not otherwise be possible. There, demining teams find and clear explosive remnants of war such as cluster bombs, grenades, mortars, shells, landmines and other unexploded ordnance.

The shipment brings to over 250 the number of units, valued at $1041 each, currently at work in seventeen countries; among them Laos, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Nepal, Egypt, Croatia, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Chad and now Sudan.

The two-year-old program, in partnership with the UN and the U.S. Department of State, is part of an ongoing company commitment to humanitarian demining worldwide. For further information, visit www.schonstedt.com/index.cfm?page=savealifeDonation.