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Today's Mine Action News (23rd August 2016)

Posted on August, 23 2016

AFRICA

Mali
Mali: la population sensibilisée au danger des mines et munitions non explosées
[RFI] Dans le nord Mali, les restes explosifs de guerres, c'est-à-dire les mines, mais aussi les munitions non explosées, font encore peser une menace, notamment sur les civils. Depuis 2012, près de 190 personnes en ont été victimes. La majorité sont des enfants. Reportage à Gao.

ASIA

State Dept Warns Pokémon Go Players in SE Asia: Watch Out for Landmines
[The Hill] The State Department has a message for fans of Pokémon Go in Southeast Asia: Watch where you step. The department’s Political-Military Affairs Bureau this week made a public appeal about land mines to Pokémon Go fans in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, which remain pockmarked with the deadly bombs.

Afghanistan
Republic of Korea Contributes $2 Million to Mine Action in Afghanistan
[MACCA]  In July, the Republic of Korea contributed $2 million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to fund the clearance of landmine and explosive remnant of war (ERW) contamination and provide risk education in Afghanistan.

Funding Cuts, Insurgency Hamper Afghan Goal to Clear Mines by 2023
[Reuters] Afghanistan's campaign to clear millions of landmines left by the Soviet invasion and ensuing civil war is in danger of stalling, as international aid slumps and militant violence makes more of the country inaccessible.

Lao PDR
Japan Contributes to Mechanised UXO Clearance in XiengKhuang
[Open Development Mekong] According to the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane on August 18 the Japan government has provided grant assistance worth over US$570,662 for Mechanical Cluster Submunition Clearance in Xieng Khuang province. 

Myanmar
More Than 100 People Die Of Landmine In Myanmar In 18 Months
[Bernama] A total of 101 people have lost their lives due to landmine injury in 18 months since the start of 2015, official media quoted the Ministry of Health as reporting on Friday, according to China's Xinhua news agency.

Syria
Civilians Caught up in Aleppo Cluster Bomb Attacks
[Al Jazeera] Cluster bomb attacks on rebel-held areas of Aleppo have killed nine civilians and sent thousands of others fleeing. The widely proscribed cluster munitions were used in the bombardment of rebel-held areas of Aleppo's Masshad, Salaheddine and Sukkary after midday prayers on Friday.

OCEANIA

New Zealand
KiwiSaver Provider Moves Funds Away from Bomb Companies
[RNZ] RNZ revealed last week that at least five of the nine default KiwiSaver providers have money tied up in companies making cluster bombs, anti-personnel mines and nuclear weapons.

GLOBAL

Mid-Year Review of United Nations Portfolio of Mine Action Projects Reveals Severe Underfunding for Life-Saving Programmes Globally
[UN IACG on Mine Action] While violent conflicts rage in many parts of the world, the United Nations has revealed a severe underfunding of mine action projects that protect civilians from landmines and other explosive hazards, including cluster munitions, rockets and improvised explosive devices. Such projects are essential to enabling emergency humanitarian response and long-term development. 

UNMAS News August 2016
[UNMAS] Two years since the end of the 2014 conflict in Gaza, much of the explosive remnants of war (ERW) surface contamination has been removed. However, many items of unexploded ordnance (UXO), including aerial bombs and artillery shells, remain buried underground or hidden among debris of destroyed structures. These hazards continue to impede reconstruction and development efforts.

A Dangerous Weapon from Wars That Are Long Over Is Still Wreaking Havoc Around the World
[Business Insider] The soldiers who fought the 20th century's most devastating conflicts have long since demobilized, but one of the most insidious weapons they used has lived on in many parts of the world, waiting underneath shifting desert sands and in dense jungles.

ICRC Vice-President: States Must End Flow of Weapons That Fuels Human Suffering
[ICRC] The vice-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for States around the world to cease the supply of arms and ammunition to parties to armed conflict who violate international humanitarian law (IHL). Speaking at the second Conference of State Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Geneva, Christine Beerli said there were 'insufficient controls' on the transfer of conventional weapons.

GICHD Selects Esri to Power Next Version of Information Management System for Mine Action
[Yahoo / Business Wire] Esri announced that the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) has selected the ArcGIS platform to power the next generation of its software to manage and reduce the risk posed by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). 

 

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