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Today's Mine Action News (18th April 2017)

Posted on April, 18 2017


Lutte antimines : 65 % des 156 zones suspectées dangereuses en RDC ont été dépolluées
[UN in DRC] UNMAS, le Service de la lutte antimines des Nations Unies, organise une série d’évènements du 2 au 6 avril pour la Journée Internationale de la Sensibilisation au Problème des Mines et de l’Assistance à la Lutte Antimines, officiellement célébrée le 4 avril de chaque année. Sous le thème « un environnement sans danger, la communauté protégée », les différentes activités organisées en 2017 marquent aussi le 20e anniversaire d’UNMAS et 15 ans de lutte antimines en RDC.

Sensibilisation au problème des mines et de l’assistance à la lutte antimines
[ACP] L’ambassade du Japon, le Service de la lutte antimines des Nations Unies  (UNMAS) et le Centre congolais de lutte antimines (CCLAM) ont organisé, jeudi, à Kinshasa, une journée de sensibilisation en marge de la célébration de la Journée internationale   de lutte antimines  placée cette année sous le thème : « Un environnement sans danger, la communauté protégée ».

François Delattre parle du nouveau mandat de la MONUSCO
[Radio Okapi] Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies proroge le mandat de la MONUSCO jusqu’au 31 mars 2018. A travers la résolution 2348 votée à l’unanimité, le mandat de la mission onusienne est centré sur deux priorités majeures.

Boosting Jubbaland Police Capacity to Dispose of Deadly Unexploded Ordnances
[UNSOM] A team of 10 Somali police officers from Jubbaland state  are being trained by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Explosive Ordinance Disposal to help boost security in Somalia’s federal states.  Officials say this course is timely given the increasing use of improvised explosive devices by the violent extremist organization Al-Shabaab.

UNAMID Ordnance Disposal Office Conducts Clearance of Explosive Remnants of War in Umdam Village, North Darfur
[UNAMID] Upon the request of the community residing in Umdam village, North Darfur, located some 60 kilometres from the state capital, El Fasher, UNAMID’s Ordnance Disposal Office (ODO) carried out an Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) clearance in the area.

UXO Blast Claims Young Darfur Brothers
[Radio Dabanga] Two young brothers were killed on Wednesday when an unexploded grenade they found detonated at Rogli in East Jebel Marra.


4 de abril: Emprendimiento de las víctimas de minas, motor de desarrollo del 4 de abril
[Dirección para la Acción Integral contra Minas Antipersonal] Buscamos avanzar hacia una cultura inclusiva que reconozca el papel preponderante de las víctimas de minas antipersonal y municiones sin explosionar haciendo empresa y desarrollando proyectos productivos que lleguen a la consolidación de los territorios; generando conciencia del esfuerzo de avanzar para que el país pueda declararse como LIBRE DE SOSPECHA DE MINAS en el 2021.

Demining War Zones: Opening Space for Building Peace
[USIP] Landmines left by warfare pose a daily, deadly threat for millions of people across Asia and Africa. Once any peace accord is signed, the removal of mines and other explosives is a critical first step to building safety and stability in a former conflict zone.


Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP III) monthly update - March 2017
[USAID/UNMAS] ACAP III responds to high profile incidents: • A terrorist attack on the Sardar Daud Khan Hospital, a military hospital in Kabul, left 30 people dead and wounded over 70. No victims were eligible for ACAP III services. • ACAP III assessed victims of a large-scale attack on the Police Headquarters in Kabul that killed 22 people and injured 119. Twentytwo people were deemed eligible for ACAP III services.

Deminers, Dogs Contracted to Sniff Out Ordnance in Israel
[Cambodia Daily] Twenty-three Cambodian deminers and 12 mine detection dogs have been contracted to work in Israel for the first time and are heading to the Middle East within the next week, representatives of the two countries’ demining agencies said on Monday.

Glowing Bacteria Offer Hope for Safe Detection of 100m Landmines
[Guardian] A team of researchers at an Israeli university has successfully tested a technology using fluorescent bacteria and lasers that could become a safer system for detecting buried landmines.

Puppets Star in Children's Lessons on Explosive Weapons in Gaza
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] For some children in Gaza, lessons can be a matter of life and death. The curtain rises and silence seizes one of the classrooms in Tunis School in the Gaza Strip. Around 30 children listen attentively as two puppets appear on stage.

Experts Blow up 130 US Cluster Bombs in Central Vietnam
[VN Express] Bomb disposal experts destroyed 130 cluster bombs and a grenade in Vietnam's central province of Quang Ngai on Saturday, but said hundreds still remain hidden in the former battlefield.


What Is the ICRC Doing to Reduce the Effects of Weapon Contamination?
[ICRC] Even long after a conflict ends, people suffer from the consequences of weapon contamination, unexploded munitions continue to kill and maim, people affected by chemical agents continue to suffer. Weapon contamination encompasses the presence of mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and other sources of contamination, including the deliberate or accidental release of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards, also known as CBRN.


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