The name Mines Advisory Group was established in the early days of the organisation, when it was decided that MAG’s initial role would be to draw the attention of the international community towards issues relating to mines and UXO.
Between 1990 and 1991, the McGrath brothers carried out two assessment missions to Afghanistan and Cambodia, hoping that their findings would mobilise governments and international agencies into more purposeful action.
In 1990, war-ravaged Afghanistan was a country of extreme disruption and immense suffering. Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan were being directed back to villages still contaminated by landmines and as a result were being killed or horrifically maimed.
One young Afghan boy left a particular impression on Rae McGrath. "His small body had been absolutely shattered by a Soviet-laid POM-Z fragmentation mine,” he remembers. "When we were at the hospital, his family urged us to take his photograph to show the world the horrific impact of these weapons, which we did.”
The boy died from his injuries hours after. His photograph was later used by MAG to highlight the dangers and deadly consequences of mines.