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

Posted on September, 12 2017

AFRICA

Libya
Landmine Explosion in Benghazi’s Sabri Amputates a Boy’s Legs
[Libyan Express] An explosion of a landmine in Sabir neighbourhood in Benghazi – eastern Libya – has amputated the two legs of a 14-year-old boy.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Afghan Woman Given New Artificial Leg by Shimane Prosthetics Maker
[Japan Times] Amiri Afifa, a 24-year-old Afghan woman who lost one of her legs to a land mine at age 4, visited an orthotics and prosthetics maker in western Japan this summer to be fitted with an artificial limb for the second time.

Cambodia
Mines Unearthed After Heavy Rain
[Khmer Times] A farmer in Battambang province’s Samlot district on Saturday discovered 17 unexploded K58 anti-personnel mines on his land.

Lao PDR
Xieng Khuang UXO Hazard Could Linger for a Century: Lao Governor
[The Nation] It could take another 100 years to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the province due to the paucity of funding available for the Herculean task according to Xieng Khuang’s governor.

Myanmar
Myanmar: New landmine blasts point to deliberate targeting of Rohingya
[Amnesty International] Two new landmine incidents today, including a blast blowing off a young man’s leg, bring to three the number of known sites where Myanmar authorities have mined border crossings used by Rohingya fleeing violence, Amnesty International said.

Iraq
Iraq's Killing Fields: the Lethal Legacy of Landmines – in Pictures
[Guardian] After decades of conflict, Iraq has been left littered with unexploded booby-traps. The Mines Advisory Group has spent 25 years in the country working to destroy and clear some of the millions of pieces of deadly ordnance. These images show members of the organisation at work, and the people whose lives have been touched and transformed by their efforts.

Syria
The Last Days of ISIS’ Capital: Airstrikes if You Stay, Land Mines if You Flee
[NYT] very few minutes, a deafening boom. Then a whistle of artillery. Occasionally, the clatter of a pickup truck, piled with soldiers, advancing to the front line.

AMERICAS

Colombia
Pope Visits Former Colombia War Zone to Preach Forgiveness
[SFGATE] The event drew thousands of victims from all walks of life: soldiers who lost limbs clearing land mines, mothers whose children were forcibly recruited by the rebels never to be seen again and farmers driven off their land by the right-wing paramilitaries.

USA
Marin Voice: Roots of Peace Sows the Seeds for Peace
[marinij.com] In September 1997, I was deeply moved by the final footsteps of the late Princess Diana of Wales, who catapulted the issue of landmines to the forefront of the international agenda.

 

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