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To enhance the security measures in the region and ensure Yemen can rebuild and find stability, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia launched the Project for Landmine Clearance Masam in December 2017, in agreement with the Yemeni government.
Project Masam operates in all the liberated regions of Yemen – in any areas that teams can reach safely. Project Masam does not work on active fronts.
Project Masam directly assists men, women and children in liberated areas only to ensure they can go back to a normal life. Project Masam coordinates directly with the Yemeni government and with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSrelief) for the safe removal of explosive devices and ordnance and has no involvement in local politics, local conflicts or foreign intervention.
Project Masam’s technical experts’ role is to train Yemeni deminers both in the use of the best equipment available and in current procedures to deal safely with explosive devices and ordnance in accordance with the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS). IMAS are the standards in force for all mine action operations. They were endorsed by the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action on 26 September 2001.
Mr Ousama Algosaibi has been at the forefront of international Mine Action since 1991 and was a lead figure in the ground breaking Operation Emirates Solidarity (OES) programme to clear south Lebanon of landmines and Improvised explosive Devices (IED) following the Israeli withdrawal in 2001. He was also a key manager in the clearance of cluster munitions following the 2006 war.
Together these projects were significant both in their size and operational effectiveness that included the full range of Mine Action components: manual deminers, mine detection dogs and mechanical assets. His involvement was a central component to the programme achieving international recognition through the achievement of the Nansen Refugee Award.
Mr Algosaibi is the Managing Director/Programme Manager and driving force behind Project Masam and was instrumental in its concept and development for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A former senior member of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) with twelve years of operational management of United Nations Mine Action programmes preceded by 17 years distinguished service in the British Army; Mr Clark was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for conspicuous bravery under fire and also appointed Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE).
Mr Clark received personal letters from the UN Secretary General and two Under Secretary General’s praising outstanding efforts and achievements especially “leadership, professionalism and integrity” and former Chairman of the International Mine Action Standards Review Board.
Mr Clark has twice been awarded a UN Commendation for Efficiency and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious and internationally acclaimed Nanson Refugee Award for leadership in South Lebanon.
A journalist since 2009 and member of the National Union of Journalists and the Society of International Media & Press Photographers, Elsa specialises in covering conflict, foreign affairs and human rights. An award nominated foreign correspondent, Elsa has reported from the Levant and Arabian Peninsula, and Central, East and South Africa for a diverse range of publications. These include the International Business Times/ Newsweek, the Independent, the Evening Standard, The New Statesman, Jazeera Magazine, Yahoo News and the Daily Telegraph.