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Today's Mine Action News (17th August 2016)

Posted on August, 17 2016

AFRICA

African Countries Reaffirm Commitment to Eradicate Cluster Munitions
[CMC] African states commit to eradicate cluster munitions and end the suffering they cause by stepping up efforts to universalize the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and to strengthen the norm against cluster munitions use by condemning all such use.

DRC
La RDC passe à l’action pour une meilleure gestion de ses armes et munitions
[UN in DRC] La prolifération illicite, l’accumulation excessive et le mauvais usage des armes et munitions posent un problème persistant pour la paix et la sécurité aux niveaux international, national et régional, causant la mort violente d’un demi-million de personnes chaque année dont 70 000 lors de conflits armés. 

AMERICAS

Chile
Landmine Survivors Call on Chile to Pass Victims’ Law
[ICBL] In a dialogue between landmine survivors, other members of civil society and government representatives in Santiago, survivors demanded the government to fulfill promises to victims.

Colombia
EU Pledges 2.7 Million Euros to Fund Landmine Removal in Colombia
[Finance Colombia] The European Union has pledged to provide an additional 2.7 million euros for a major landmine removal effort in Colombia, according to local news outlet El Colombiano. This is on top of the 4 million euros of contributions approved in 2015 for similar work and will help a nation nearing peace improve safety in rural lands riddled with mines laid by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and other armed groups over the past 60 years.

ASIA

Cambodia
Divers Recover Aircraft Bomb From Flooded Quarry
[Cambodia Daily] Members of the Cambodian Mine Action Center’s (CMAC) Salvage Dive Unit recovered a U.S.-made MK-82 aircraft bomb from a flooded rock quarry in Kompong Speu province, according to the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, which trained the divers.

Man Badly Injured by UXO in Koh Kong
[Phnom Penh Post] A man in Koh Kong province was severely injured on Monday after stepping on a landmine in a stretch of undemarcated borderland between Cambodia and Thailand, a military official with Border Unit 303 confirmed.

Lao PDR
Laos Victims of Unexploded Artillery Face Unintentional Consequences
[VOA] One day in 2004, Houng Phomma Chak and two friends ventured out to the countryside near their village in northeastern Laos in search of scrap metal to sell, to supplement their families' meager rice-farming incomes. They came across a piece of metal half-buried in the ground and set about digging it up.

Unexploded Bombs Still a Problem in Laos
[VOA] Officials in Laos estimate that the country has about 15,000 people who have been injured by unexploded ordnance, also called UXO.

Palestine
With long-term strategy, UN protects civilians in Gaza from threat of unexploded munitions
[UN News Centre] Hostilities in the Gaza Strip dating back to 2014 and earlier still pose serious threats to life and physical integrity in the tine enclave as explosive remnants of war (ERW) and other legacy hazards remained littered throughout the strip, said the United Nations humanitarian wing, spotlighting a sustainable strategy to mitigate those risks.

Syria
Syrian Girl Undergoes Surgery After Being Shot
[Al Jazeera] A 10-year-old Syrian girl, shot in the leg by a sniper in early August, has undergone surgery in Damascus after being evacuated from the besieged town of Madaya following appeals by human rights groups calling for her rescue. 
 

EUROPE

Armenia
Landmine Free Artsakh Helps Impoverished Families
[Armenian Weekly] HALO Trust has been working to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh Republic/NKR) since 2000. Landmine Free Artsakh (LFA), a group of concerned Armenians, has made it its mission to raise awareness and funds to help HALO Trust.

GLOBAL

Mine Action Storymap
[GICHD] Mine action is a broad set of efforts that prevent and address the problems caused by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). 

New Technology Could Help Reduce UXO Survey Costs
[Offchore Wind] Two World Wars and years of munitions dumping have left a legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) on the seabed in Europe and North America, posing a significant threat to the developers of marine energy projects. Although many munitions, ranging from unexploded bombs to sea mines and torpedoes, are buried beneath the surface, they often become exposed as a result of the ever-changing seabed architecture. 

 

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