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Today's Mine Action News (21st June 2017)

Posted on June, 21 2017

AFRICA

Angola
Japan-UK Collaboration to Clear Landmines in Angola
[EIN] Given that the signing ceremony of the contract between the UK and an NGO called the “Halo Trust” regarding assistance to clear landmines was conducted in Angola on June 15, by combining it with Japan’s assistance for the Halo Trust, Japan-UK collaboration to clear landmines in Angola has been realized.

Sudan
Herder Dies, Another Loses Legs in Darfur UXO Blast
[Radio Dabanga] A herder is dead and another lost both his legs when an item of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detonated near to the Abuzaid agricultural project in eastern Jebel Marra.

Tunisia
Tunisia Landmine Blasts Kills Shepherdess
[News 24] Kasserine - A Tunisian shepherdess was killed Friday when she stepped on a landmine in a military zone in the country's west, where the army is fighting jihadists, a security official said.

ASIA

Afghanistan
ACAP III Monthly Status Update - May 2017
[UNMAS] ACAP III field teams assessed 363 conflict related incidents for ACAP III eligibility. The incidents were associated with 248 killed and 596 injured victims.

In Afghanistan, Demining a Must for Peace and Stability
[VOA] Afghanistan has known little peace or stability over the past four decades, having suffered through a Russian invasion, a civil war, five years of harsh rule by the fundamentalist Taliban regime, and the United States-led NATO action aimed at dismantling al-Qa’ida and overthrowing the Taliban regime that sheltered the terrorists.

Afghan De-miners Cling to Hard But Much-Needed Jobs
[Sacramento Bee] Afghans who scratch out a living by removing some of the country's countless land mines have long had to contend with rugged terrain, accidental explosions and the threat of kidnapping — but these days they face the added risk of being laid off.

Cambodia
Landmine/UXO casualties in Cambodia down 21 pct in 1st four months
[Xinhua Net] Cambodia has seen 26 landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) casualties in the first four months of 2017, down 21 percent compared with the same period last year, the latest report showed on Monday.

Lao PDR
Ireland’s Support Helps Make Lao PDR Safe from Unexploded Bombs
[Irish Aid]  The Government of Ireland’s support, through the Irish Aid programme, to humanitarian demining and the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO), including weapons and ammunition disposal, helps poor countries to reduce risks to civilians from remnants of past conflicts, including anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka declares first district safe from landmines
[MAG] In the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, which ended in 2009, Batticaloa in the east of the country, is the first district to be declared safe from landmines.

EUROPE

Switzerland
Photo of the Week
[International Geneva] Mines and explosive remnants of war maim and kill thousands of people every year. These explosive hazards result in girls, boys, women, and men acquiring debilitating injuries that often have long-term consequences for their families and communities. 

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