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Today's Mine Action News (14th June 2016)

Posted on June, 14 2016

AFRICA

Zimbabwe
Villagers Access Fields, Water Holes After Successful Landmine Removals
[VOA] Thirty-six years after independence, villagers along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border are still being seriously affected by landmines planted during the war of liberation of the 1970s by the Rhodesian security forces to stop freedom fighters from entering the country.

ASIA

India
Amputee Athletes Rising Above All Odds to Represent India at 2016 Summer Paralympics
[Times of India] Sports is a healer for these amputee athletes who overcome hurdles to guard goalposts, swim or run for medals, possibly at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

Myanmar
As Myanmar Emerges from Junta’s Shadow, War Veterans Left Behind
[Morung Express]  Disabled and collecting fees to use a public toilet in a busy Yangon market was not how Kyaw Kyaw Oo imagined the life of a soldier when he lied about his age to join the Myanmar army at 16.

Sri Lanka
Dealing with Debris
[Daily News] The tragic fire broke out at the ammunition storage of the Sri Lanka Army Camp at Salawa, Kosgama, on June 5, 2016, have spread pieces of heavy artillery guns and various explosives in the surrounding areas resulting over thousand people displaced in nine relief camps in Colombo and Gampaha districts. 

State of Palestine
ERW Awareness in UNRWA Schools: Saving Children’s Lives
[UNRWA] More than 21 months after the 2014 conflict, people in the Gaza strip still face the risk of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). According to a UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) report published in January 2016, 16 people had been killed and 97 injured, including 48 children, due to contact with ERWs since the 2014 conflict. 

GLOBAL

[Video] World Humanitarian Summit Opening Ceremony
[UNMAS YouTube] Statements by Syrian Landmine Survivor and Deminer Adeeb Ateeq and UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Global Hazards Daniel Craig.

UNMAS News June 2016
[UNMAS] Thanks to a generous contribution by the United Nations Association of Sweden, UNMAS will implement a risk education (RE) project in Kitshanga located in the North-Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNMAS will teach civilian populations about the dangers caused by explosive hazards and illegal weapons. 
    
Bomb-Detecting Husky to Remove Killer Landmines
[ClearPath] Portugal’s Coimbra University is one of the oldest universities in the world, but their ISR Embedded Systems Lab is doing cutting-edge research into methodologies for autonomous humanitarian demining.

 

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