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Today's Mine Action News (23rd May 2017)

Posted on May, 23 2017


Victims of Landmine Explosion Plead for Assistance
[Guardian] Disturbed by the excruciating pains they go through on daily basis, victims of landmine explosions have appealed for humanitarian assistance from governments at all levels.

Somalia: Landmine Explosion Hits the Capital Mogadishu, Three Injured
[Garowe] A landmine explosion at the outskirts of the Somali capital of Mogadishu has left at least three Somali military soldiers wounded on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.

South Sudan
Rainy Season Creates New Risks for a Dire Humanitarian Situation in Aburoc
[UNMISS] Humanitarian agencies are intensifying their efforts to provide clean drinking water to thousands of civilians fleeing fierce fighting in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan as the threat of a cholera outbreak looms


Landmine Blast Claims 11 Lives in Afghanistan
[APA] A roadside landmine claimed 11 lives of a family in southeastern Afghanistan on Friday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. The incident occurred in Mohammad Agha district of Logar province, where a passenger car hit the landmine that led to the death of all five women, an elderly man and five children traveling in it, the district chief Mohammad Naseer told Anadolu Agency.

Less US Funding for UXO Clearing
[Phnom Penh Post] The United States has warned Cambodia it may have to shoulder more responsibility for the cost of clearing mines from its territory, ending an era in which Washington has carried the bulk of the cost of removing mines and other explosives after the Vietnam War spilled over into Cambodia.

Italy Leads Delegation of Mine Action Donors to Lebanon
[UNMAS] Ambassador Inigo Lambertini, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Italian Mission to the United Nations, led a delegation of mine action donors to Lebanon from May 15 to 17, 2017. The mission was an initiative of the Mine Action Support Group (MASG), a coalition of Member State donors committed to raising funds and awareness for mine action activities where they are needed most. 


Banks Urged to Stop Multi-Billion Dollar Investments in Deadly Cluster Bombs
[Thomson Reruters Foundation] Financial firms invested $31 billion in the last four years in companies that produce cluster bombs, weapons banned under international law and used in conflicts from Syria to Yemen, an advocacy group said on Tuesday.NGO

Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions a Shared Responsibility (2017)
[PAX] In the past 4 years, 166 financial institutions from 14 countries invested US$ 31 billion in 6 cluster bomb producers. On the other hand, this year the number of institutions with policies excluding investments in cluster bomb producers grew to 88.


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