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Today's Mine Action News (11th May 2016)

Posted on May, 11 2016

AFRICA

Sudan
Sudan: Deadly UXO Explosion in Darfur's Jebel Marra
[All Africa - Radio Dabanga] A man, a woman, and their two donkeys died when an item of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detonated at El Aradeeb El Ashara in East Jebel Marra on Wednesday.

AMERICAS

USA
Dispatch: US Contradictions on Landmines and Cluster Munitions
[HRW] “I was not born yet,” the Laotian child says after the reporter asks him if he knows where the unexploded submunition, lodged in the ground near his village, came from. Although only a child, the boy knows that cluster munition remnants are dangerous decades after their use. 

ASIA

Cambodia
Boys Killed After Grenade Launcher Explodes
[Cambodia Daily] Three boys were killed in Oddar Meanchey province on Friday after a grenade launcher they were playing with exploded, officials said.

The Landmine Boys Venture from Waterloo to Cambodia to Defuse Deadly Bombs
[CTV News] Richard Yim was a teenager in Cambodia when he realized not all people live in near constant fear of being blown up by a landmine. When he was eight years old, Yim's aunt died after stepping on one of the millions of the devices that lie hidden on the country's war-scarred landscape.

Iraq
Yazidi Woman, Disfigured by Mine After Escaping IS, Awaits Aid
[VOA] When Lamiya Hachi Bashar escaped the house of an Islamic State fighter in Iraq in mid-April, she thought months of enslavement and IS terror were finally over. But on her way to freedom outside the Iraqi town of Hawija, Bashar, 18, lost her sight in a blast from a land mine explosion. Her face was severely disfigured.

Briefing by SRSG for Iraq Jan Kubiš to the Security Council, New York, 6 May 2016 
[Relief Web] Stabilization and rehabilitation of newly-liberated areas remains a priority, and is and is key for laying the groundwork for future reconciliation. The problems are immense, as shown in the example of Ramadi with the huge challenges posed by the vast level of destruction and unprecedented contamination by explosive devices. 

Myanmar
Despite Cease-fire, Myanmar Landmine Scourge Goes Unaddressed
[VOA] In a dusty, small workshop on a quiet street in Loikaw, three men are busy adjusting plastic frames and pieces of wood. They are creating simple prosthetic legs for the victims of a hidden but ever present danger here in Karenni State: landmines.

EUROPE

UK
Researchers Team up to Test improved Landmine Detection Technology
[University of Manchester] An academic research team from The University of Manchester has teamed up with colleagues from King’s College London and the University of Zagreb to test innovative new landmine detection technologies simultaneously for the first time, at a state-of-the-art testing facility in Croatia.

GLOBAL

Nearly a Quarter of the World’s School-Age Children Live in Crisis-Hit Countries – UNICEF
[UN News Centre] Almost one quarter of the world’s school-age children – 462 million – live in countries affected by humanitarian emergencies – a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners has revealed.

 

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