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

Posted on May, 17 2016

AFRICA

Angola
Angola: Minister Hails Media Role in Campaigns Against Landmines
[All Africa - Angola Press] The commitment of the media to warn children and adults to prevent landmine accidents was on Friday in Lubango, praised by the Minister of Welfare and Social Reintegration, João Baptista Kussumua.

Liberia
[Video]Explosive Ordnance Disposal Responsibilities Handed Over to Armed Forces of Liberia
[UNMIL] The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today handed over equipment required for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

Mali
Mali Army Vehicle Hits Landmine That Kills 2 Soldiers
[Washington Post] A Mali official says two soldiers have been killed and one wounded after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the north. Col. Diarran Kone, spokesman for Mali’s Defense Ministry, said the vehicle hit the land mine Wednesday morning while the soldiers were traveling between the towns Gossi and Hombori. He said fighters from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb are present in the area.

Somalia
Somalia: Jubaland Police Defuse Landmine, Foiling Militant Bid
[Garowe] Security forces in the southern port city of Kismayo have defused and dismantled a landmine planted in a key road on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports. 

South Sudan
[Video] Japan - 60 Years of Contribution in Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Mine Action Activities [日本語
[UNMAS] Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Japan officially joining the United Nations, UN peacekeeping in South Sudan (UNMISS) and UNMAS appreciate the contribution of the Japanese people to peacekeeping and humanitarian activities.

Opinion: Educate South Sudan Children About ‘Invisible Killers’
[Radio Tamazuj] On the 4th of April, the world marked the ‘International Day for Mines Awareness and Assistance in Mines Action’ around the world. In South Sudan, it was a day to remember and stand in solidarity and sympathy with those who have fallen victim to Land Mines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXOs).  There are thousands of South Sudanese whose lives have been devastated by Land Mines and UXOs.

AMERICA

Canada
Laissés à eux-mêmes : Les enfants et les mines antipersonnel
[ICI Radio-Canada] Deuxième volet de notre série sur le sort des enfants, particulièrement ceux qui se retrouvent malgré eux en danger et à qui on a carrément enlevé le droit d'être un enfant! Les causes sont multiples : les guerres, les migrations forcées par des conflits, la situation sociale qui se dégrade dans nombreux pays. 

Colombia
Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Dip Note - US Department of State] Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

Can Colombia Be Landmine-Free in 5 years?
[Miami Gerald] Even as this nation is inching toward a deal to end the hemisphere’s longest-running and bloodiest civil conflict, there’s a grim certainty that war-related injuries won’t stop overnight.

ASIA

Cambodia
Boy Trying to Reach Thailand Loses Leg to Landmine
[Cambodia Daily] A 16-year-old boy lost a leg to a land mine on Saturday when he and nine other would-be migrant workers tried to illegally cross into Thailand from Banteay Meanchey province to look for farming work, police said on Sunday.

Weapons Cache Found by Farmer
[Khmer Times] A cache of unexploded ordnance (UXO) was found by a farmer in Odar Meanchey province’s Banteay Ampil district over the weekend, according to officials.

Vietnam
Young Specialists Boost Central Vietnamese Province’s Demining Efforts
[Tuoitre News] More than 40 years after the end of the war in Vietnam, young specialists, including many women in their 20s, are working to clear locales in the central province of Quang Tri of leftover unexploded ordnance (UXO).

 

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