United Nations, Somalia, 2013: A female member of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team brushes sand off of a mortar shell during a demonstration held by UNMAS in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photo: UN Photo/Tobin Jones
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997 to rid the world of mines and un-exploded ordinance. The agency is the UN’s Hurt Locker, running operations in conflict and post conflict zones around the world. These photos are powerful testimony to the danger and necessity of their work.