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State Department, U.N. plan ads warning Iraqis about unexploded devices

Children stand amid rubble in Fallujah, Iraq.
Children stand amid rubble in Fallujah, Iraq. Photo: Sabah Arar / AFP / Getty Images

The U.N., U.S. State Department, and Iraqi Directorate of Mine Action began discussions last week about producing advertisements on social media, like Facebook, to warn the approximately 3 million internally displaced persons in Iraq about the dangers of unexploded devices remaining after ISIS, State Department officials tell Axios.

“The traditional mine risk education model isn’t reaching all returnees in Iraq because many are self-returning and not going through camps" where risk education is taking place, Sol Black, Program Manager in the State Department’s Near East and Emergency Response division, said.