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Saving lives and livelihoods in the Territory of Western Sahara

Posted on October 15, 2018

In the southeastern part of the Territory of Western Sahara, people as well as animals still regularly fall victim to landmines and explosive remnants of war.

Mohamed Salem and Ali Salem (pictured), two brothers herding camels and goats across the desert, recently informed an UNMAS reconnaissance mission of the risks they face from explosive hazards.


Ten-Year- Old Saves Friend’s Life: Mine Risk Education in Abyei

Posted on July 17, 2018

On the morning of the 24 June, five children aged between four and 11 were playing by the road in Teshwin village in the Abyei area. Four-year-old Hamdan Beshir noticed something rusty popping out of the cracked soil. Excited at the prospect of a new toy, he dug it out and began playing with it. Fortunately, 10-year-old Amira Ibrahim noticed the new “toy” which Hamdan was fiddling with. She immediately remembered what she had learned in school just three weeks before at a United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) mine risk education session.


Weapons and Ammunition Management: UNMAS provides the Congolese National Police with weapons safes

Posted on June 11, 2018

UNMAS, with funding from the Embassy of Japan and MONUSCO, installed weapon safes in various police commissariats and sub-commissariats in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A total of 277 safes have been installed to date across the country, including 93 in Goma (North Kivu), 31 in Bukavu and Uvira (South Kivu), 73 in Bunia (Ituri), 24 in Kananga (Kasai Central) and 56 in Kinshasa. The ceremony officialising the handover of the equipment took place on Monday 28 May 2018 at the General Police Commissariat in Kinshasa.


2.9 tons of Obsolete Ammunition of PNC Destroyed in Kinshasa

Posted on April 30, 2018

From 18th to 21st April, UNMAS successfully conducted the disposal of approximately 3 tons of obsolete ammunition belonging to the Congolese National Police (PNC).


UN Delivers Explosive Ordnance Disposal Equipment to Support Libyan Authorities in Dealing with Explosive Hazards

Posted on April 24, 2018

Explosive remnants of war lead to devastating humanitarian consequences, causing injury, death and massive displacement of civilians across Libya.