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Today's Mine Action News (11th October 2017)

Posted on October, 11 2017

AFRICA

Somalia
Somalia: Bomb Blast Near Jowhar Town Leaves At Least 2 Dead
[All Africa - Shabelle Media Network] At least two civilians were killed, and several others wounded in a remote-controlled landmine blast near Jowhar town, the regional capital of Middle Shabelle province.

Sudan
North Darfur Man ‘Ripped Apart’ as Camel Triggers Grenade
[Dabanga] On Wednesday afternoon in North Darfur, Abdelbagi Yagoub Harran died instantly in Mashrou Abuzeid in eastern Jebel Marra when an explosive remnant of war (ERW) detonated.

Sudan: Boy Loses Fingers in South Darfur Ammo Blast
[All Africa - Radio Dabanga]  A boy was injured when a piece of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detonated in the South Darfur capital of Nyala on Saturday.

UNISFA
UNISFA’s JBVMM Pushes Safe De-militarized Border Zone Operations to End Deadlock
[UNISFA] The Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) undertook a joint reconnaissance between 16 and 22 September 2017. A first of its kind air patrolling operation, it was conducted from the UNISFA Force Headquarters base in Abyei to the proposed team site locations astride the Safe De-militarized Border Zone (SBDZ). 

Zimbabwe
Japan Injects $2m Towards Demining
[The Herald] Japan has pledged to continue availing funds for the removal of landmines around Zimbabwe’s borders till the country is free from the menace. The Asian country has to date injected $2 million to Halo Trust for demining operations that have seen over 9 000 mines removed.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Where Are You Going?
[The Guardian] In Dari, one of Afghanistan’s dominant languages, ‘Kuja Meri’ translates as ‘Where are you going?’ Afghanistan has been submerged in war for nearly four decades. The 1979 Soviet invasion and humiliating retreat almost a decade later led to civil war and the emergence of the Taliban. 

ACAP III Monthly Report: September 2017
[UNMAS] The number of civilian casualties of the conflict in Afghanistan decreased during the month of September. According to the Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG), there has been a twofold decline of civilian casualties compared to previous months. Around 101 people were killed and an additional 140 people were injured, including women and children.

Azerbaijan
Neither War Nor Peace Reigns in Nagorno-Karabakh
[VoA] Conflict can be long, slow and boring, especially for the civilians stuck in its midst, living a half life that is neither full war nor genuine peace.

Cambodia
Experts Unearth First of Two Bombs at School
[Khmer Times] One of two chemical bombs buried at a school and pagoda in Svay Rieng province was yesterday unearthed by an expert team from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre after two days of efforts.

Lebanon
Mine Survivors Take on UNIFIL Peacekeepers in Football [Arabic] [Video in English] [Video in Arabic
[UNIFIL] Late on Friday afternoon in Suwwana village, south east Lebanon, the football coach calls his team together for a pre-match tactical discussion. A couple of players who are sitting on the sidelines pick up their prosthetic limbs and attach them before jogging over to the huddle. 

AMERICAS

Colombia
JMU Hosts Colombia Peacekeeping Efforts Panel
[The Breeze] The war-torn nation of Colombia is gaining attention from the JMU community, with a focus on the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery’s involvement in peacekeeping efforts in the Central American country.

EUROPE

Italy
Italy Bans Investments in Cluster Bombs Producers
[ICBL-CMC] On 3 October 2017, the Italian Chamber of Deputies approved legislation prohibiting investments in cluster bomb producers. The new law will prohibit all types of investments in cluster bomb producers for all Italian financial institutions. It was approved with 389 votes in favour, 0 against and 3 abstentions.

Switzerland
Swiss Engineer Takes on Killer Landmines
[swissinfo.ch] Swiss engineer, Frédéric Guerne, has dedicated half his life to making machines that clear land mines. He has now developed what he believes is the best minesweeper in existence.

 

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