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Detection Dogs are Sniffing out Mines and Saving Lives in Iraqi Kurdistan
In 2016, MLI partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan to establish a sustainable Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program to address the regional landmine and explosive threat. To date, MLI has provided 18 highly trained explosive-sniffing dogs to the Peshmerga’s K9 Unit, and with support from the U.S. Department of Defense, MLI has trained Kurdish handlers to employ the dogs safely and effectively in the field. The dogs will facilitate the safe return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to areas formerly controlled by terrorist group ISIS, which left thousands of landmines, IEDs, and booby traps in its wake. All of the dogs that have been provided to the Peshmerga have been sponsored by American people and companies, to include General Dynamics and Hillwood, a Perot Company, and MLI is currently seeking donors to sponsor the remaining two dogs.
Please read the full article, by Bill Outlaw, here. We thank you for your consideration to support our work to free the people of Kurdistan from the fear of mines and other deadly explosives.
In Memoriam: General Jack N. Merritt – February 2018
MLI is deeply saddened by the passing of General Jack N. Merritt, US Army (Ret.). General Merritt served as the Chairman of the Marshall Legacy Institute from the founding of the organization in 1997 until 2003, and served as Chairman of MLI’s International Advisory Board until his passing in 2018.
MLI thanks General Merritt’s family for dedicating memorial contributions to our humanitarian cause of freeing the world of the horrific scourge of landmines. All donations will be used to sponsor a highly trained mine detection dog to be named by the family to “sniff out” mines, save lives and improve livelihoods in memory of Jack Merritt, whose life’s work was dedicated to peace & security, and making the world a better and safer place for all. Make a donation in honor of General Merritt here.
CHAMPS Connecticut launches 14th annual campaign – April 2018
MLI’s President and CEO, Perry Baltimore, and the Vice President of Children’s Programs, Kimberly McCasland, traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut, in early April to launch CHAMPS Connecticut’s 14th annual campaign. The Team travels each spring and fall to beautiful Connecticut to engage students, teachers, and community members, and to share information about the ongoing landmine crisis around the world. This amazing community has sponsored 13 Mine Detection Dogs!