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Today's Mine Action News (12th January 2017)

Posted on January, 12 2017

AFRICA

Mali
Five Malian Soldiers Killed by Landmine
[AFP - Yahoo] Five Malian soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a landmine in the centre of the country on Wednesday, military sources told AFP.

ASIA

Azerbaijan 
ANAMA Disarms 1068 UXOs, 14 Mines in December
[APA] In December 2016, Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) inspected 2,352,225 sq m area, disarming 1068 unexploded ordinances (UXO), 1 anti-tank mine and 13 antipersonnel mines, ANAMA told APA.

Cambodia
Man Loses Leg to Mine Buried in Forest
[Khmer Times] A man from Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City had his right leg blown off after stepping on an unexploded ordnance (UXO) while poaching birds in the forest on Friday, an official said.

Myanmar
Heavy Landmine Contamination in Eastern Myanmar: Report
[Myanmar Times] Myanmar continues to produce, stockpile and use landmines, with more new casualties reported every year, according to newly published data from the Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor. Both state and non-state armed groups employ landmines, with the eastern edge of the country particularly affected.

Sri Lanka
Saving Leopards Is Hard, Especially with All the Landmines
[Motherboard] Wilpattu, Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest national park, was once a warzone. The fighting between the Sri Lankan state and the militant separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that began in the 1980s had spilled over into these wild lands.

GLOBAL

Princess Diana's Minefield Walk
[BBC] In January 1997 the world's most famous woman, Diana Princess of Wales, called for an international ban on landmines. She was visiting Angola where she caught global attention by walking through a live minefield. Paul Heslop from the Halo Trust helped organise the Princess' visit and was with her during her iconic walk. He spoke to Farhana Haider about the impact of Princess Diana's campaign.

20 Year After Diana's Visit, Landmine Are Still Killing Angola's Children
[HALO Trust] 20 years since Diana, Princess of Wales walked through a minefield in Angola, The HALO Trust says that mines and unexploded ordnance are still harming civilians and hindering development in Angola and in 63 other countries and territories around the world.

How Princess Diana Crippled the Case for Landmines
[Newsweek] Princess Diana—activist, fashion icon and model mother—was a tireless advocate for those who needed her most. Fueled by the desire to give those wounded and physically broken by land mines a voice, Diana brought to light the human side of the damges the devices wrought. 

As Arms Control Is Eroded, Civilians Suffer
[Chatham House] This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty, the common name for the convention that prohibits the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel landmines. 

 

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