Raphael F. J. McGrath (born 5 November 1947), usually known as Rae McGrath, lives in Langrigg, Cumbria and is a British campaigner and specialist in humanitarian response to conflict and natural disaster. He founded the Mines Advisory Group
(MAG), and, as a leading member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
(ICBL), represented the organisation when it received the Nobel Prize for Peace
in 1997. http://www.boes.org/coop/lmines/raemc1.html
McGrath was born in Liverpool
and in 1963 moved with his family to Birkenhead
. In 1968 he joined the British Army
in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME), where he served for 18 years as a military engineer. During the late 1980s he worked in Darfur
s and establishing landmine
He founded the Mines Advisory Group in 1989, after seeing the impact of landmines and unexploded ordnance
(UXO) on civilians in Afghanistan, and became an internationally acknowledged expert on the impact of landmines and cluster munitions on relief and humanitarian efforts in the Middle East, Balkans, Africa and Asia.
[Mines Advisory Group]
Maginternational.org; accessed 18 June 2017.
In 1992, MAG established its headquarters in Cockermouth
, Cumbria; McGrath's wife Debbie and brother Lou joined the management team.
"Cluster bombs: the hidden toll"
''The Guardian'', 8 August 2000; retrieved 19 October 2013.
Since May 2017 he has worked as an independent writer and advisor on humanitarian and conflict response issues. He was previously the Mercy Corps' Senior Director Migration Response based in Turkey since February 2016, after nearly three years as Country Director for North Syria and Turkey, also for Mercy Corps. directing high volume cross-border food aid to besieged and displaced civilians throughout North Syria but primarily in Aleppo province. This was the largest humanitarian response during the period into opposition-controlled areas of Syria. The response is described in McGrath’s lecture ‘North Syria: Negotiating the Asymmetric Battlefield: The challenges of delivering essential humanitarian aid and support to non-combatants’
In 1992, he co-founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, an international coalition of organisations opposed to the deployment of landmines, and persuaded Princess Diana
to give her active support to the campaign in 1997.
The organisation won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, and McGrath presented the acceptance speech on behalf of the ICBL in Oslo.
[The Nobel Peace Prize 1997, "A Matter of Justice & Humanity" (presented by Rae McGrath on behalf of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines)]
McGrath organised programmes responding to natural emergencies, such as the 2004 tsunami in Aceh as well as emergencies in Ethiopia and Somalia. He was Senior Programme Manager for emergency response with Save the Children UK from 2007 until 2012 and then joined the International NGO Mercy Corps in February 2013 as Country Director North Syria & Turkey and in 2016 the Senior Director Migration Response Mercy Corps based in Turkey, Greece and the Balkans. He lectures on conflict and humanitarian issues, and was a visiting lecturer at the Post War Reconstruction & Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York from 1997 to 2015, he was also a PRDU Associate.
10 December 1997; retrieved 19 October 2013.
In 2014 McGrath was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of York On 25 July 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Leeds Beckett University.
His lectures and writing on humanitarian response to asymmetric warfare, based on his experiences in Syria, have challenged many established approaches in the sector.]
Interview with Rae McGrath
interuwcmag.wordpress.com, 30 January 2011.
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