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Today's Mine Action News (12 January 2016)

Posted on January, 12 2016

AFRICA

Angola
Angola: Cunene - Demining Agents Update Operation Techniques
[All Africa - Angola Press] Technicians with "Terra Mãe" demining brigade in southern Cunene province are since Wednesday attending a training programme to improve operation techniques.

Somalia
Somalia: Landmine Blown up Two Siblings, Injured Another
[Mareeg] Two brothers were on Tuesday killed by landmine while their third brother was heavily injured at Balibusle location 30km from Buraan district in Sanaag region in Somalia.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Minefields: Citizens Urged not to Flee as Shifts in Territorial Control Leave Earth 'Paved with Landmines'
[ABC News Online] In the 14 years Saeed Akbar has spent removing landmines from Afghanistan's war-riddled earth, he never imagined one would kill his nine-year-old son outside his own home.

Cambodia
Playing Basketball For A Wheelchair-Bound Cambodian Landmine Victim Is A Breeze
[OANA -  BERNAMA] Cambodian Lors Nimul lost her right leg in a landmine incident, but this does not stop the wheelchair-bound 33-year-old from pursuing her favourite game, basketball.

Myanmar
Why Can't Myanmar Clear Its Landmines?
[IRIN] The morning that everything changed for three young cousins began like almost every other in this quiet community near Myanmar’s border with China. The children were walking down a dirt road in the morning sunshine, chatting as they went, when the tranquility was shattered by a huge blast.

State of Palestine
The Italian Government Supports the Safety of Palestine Refugees in Gaza Through Outreach Activities on Explosive Remnants of War
[UNRWA] With a generous contribution of EUR 250,000 (US$ 272,500) approved by the Italian Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Palestine refugees, through UNRWA and the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Gaza, will benefit from outreach activities on safety and risk education on explosive remnants of war (ERW). 

Syria
Syria: Siege and Starvation in Madaya; Immediate Medical Evacuations and Medical Resupply Essential to Save Lives
[MSF] The MSF-supported medics in Madaya have identified 250 people with severe acute malnutrition, including 10 patients who are in immediate need of life-saving hospitalisation care. 

Yemen
UN Warns Cluster Bomb Use in Yemen May Amount to War Crime
[Yahoo - AFP] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Friday that the use of cluster bombs in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition may amount to war crimes.

GLOBAL

Katja: A Glimpse at the Life of a Mine-Detecting Dog
[HI] Katja, one of Handicap International’s veteran mine sniffing dogs, still comes to work each day with fresh energy and enthusiasm despite having logged countless hours on the job over her nine-year career. 

 

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