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Today's Mine Action News (22nd February 2016)

Posted on February, 22 2016

AFRICA

The Month in Mines, January 2016
[Landmines in Africa] Already in 2016 the United States has signaled its intention to increase support to two of the most mine-affected countries, Colombia and Laos.  The increased investments will enable both of these countries to be mine and cluster munition-free in a few years (State Department; CNN).  

Cameroon
Cameroon Military Receives Landmine Detection, Clearance Training
[Defense House Publishing] The United States is training the Cameroon military in techniques of detecting and counteracting landmines and explosive devices. The training comes due to the increasing use of landmines and suicide bombings by Boko Haram militants.

Territory of Western Sahara
Man Seriously Injured Following Landmine Explosion in Southern Morocco
[Morocco World News] A young man was seriously wounded and four of his companions were slightly injured after kicking a landmine on Tuesday evening in the southern city of Laayoune, local authorities said.  

Zimbabwe
Demining Activities Underfunded
[News Day] The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence has urged the government to allocate more resources towards clearing landmines, which continue to pose a great risk to humans and livestock, particularly along border areas.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Pogba Supporting Landmine Victims in Afghanistan
[UEFA.com] If football is Paul Pogba's driving passion, it is a love he is sharing through his support of the UEFA-ICRC partnership for landmine victims in Afghanistan. Watch his exclusive interview.

Iraq
Booby-Traps Are a Major Impediment Preventing the Safe Return of Displaced Families to Ramadi
[UNAMI] “We are saddened by reports that eight people have been killed in the last two weeks while either surveying their homes or attempting to disable devices in Ramadi, and we offer our deep condolences to the families of the victims. Ensuring the safety and dignity of people who want to return home is a top priority,” said Ms. Lise Grande, UNDP Resident Representative in Iraq and the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.

Syria
CCM President’s Declaration on the use of cluster munitions in Syria
[CCM] We are once again appalled by the use of cluster munitions and barrel bombs in populated areas by the Syrian regime. Their indiscriminate attacks against civilians are contrary to international humanitarian law and the norms set by this convention.

Vietnam
The Humpty Dumpty Institute Distributes Over 180,000 Pairs of TOMS Shoes to School Children in Vietnam
[Market Wired] The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), along with its local Vietnamese partner, Project RENEW, is pleased to announce that it has distributed over 180,000 pairs of new TOMS shoes to children in 260 schools across Quang Tri Province in central Vietnam. 

GLOBAL

Humanitarian Mine Action Needs Rising
[UN] Today, the United Nations will launch the Portfolio for Mine Action Projects for 2016. The online portfolio presents a consolidated picture of the needs and priorities for 23 countries and territories affected by landmines and other explosive hazards. 

Remarks at the 19th International Meeting of Mine Action National Program Directors and United Nations Advisors
[US Department of State] Today, I am issuing a call to all states to join the United States as we enhance and expand our efforts to protect civilians from landmines and unexploded ordnance. These efforts are underpinned by three components.

Genève : les enjeux des actions antimines dans les opérations humanitaires
[UN Radio] Ce mardi 16 février débute à Genève la 19ème réunion internationale des Directeurs des programmes nationaux de lutte contre les mines et des conseillers de l'ONU. Et cette année, les Nations Unies entendent mettre l'accent sur l'importance des actions antimines surtout lors d'opérations humanitaires sur le terrain.

Conflicts Now “Even More Dangerous”: Mines Agency Chief
[UN Radio] The head of the UN's agency tasked with delivering a mine-free world has warned of the spiralling dangers for civilians and humanitarian workers in conflicts around the world.

From Landmines to Improvised Bombs, Weapons Impair Development
[Guardian] After the guns fall silent and the bombs stop falling, war has a nasty way of indiscriminately rearing its head and inflicting yet more pain and suffering on civilians trying to rebuild their lives.

 

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