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Today's Mine Action News (25th July 2016)

Posted on July, 25 2016

 

AFRICA

Mali
Persons with Disabilities living in a conflict: Mali
[GMAP] Rose Diakite is a passionate defender of women’s and persons with disabilities’ rights. She is the Vice President of the Malian Federation of Persons with Disabilities Associations (FEMAPH) and was sponsored by GMAP to travel to Switzerland this month and take part in the 64th Session of CEDAW under an UNMAS funded project.

Somalia
Somalia: Landmine Hit AMISOM Convoy, Two Civilian Dead One Armored Vehicle Destroyed
[Mareeg] A powerful blast ripped through a military convoy transporting African Union peacekeeping forces in southern Somalia on Saturday, killing at least two people.

South Sudan
[Video] UNMAS UXO clearance exercise in UN base, Jebel area, Juba
[UNMISS] The UN Camp in the Jebel area of the capital of South Sudan was caught in the crossfire of the two opposing forces during the fighting that took place during the South Sudan Independence weekend. Rounds from automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenades and mortars hit office buildings, vehicles and staff accommodations where staff members were taking shelter. 

Sudan
Sudan: Detonation Kills North Darfur Farmer
[All Africa- Radio Dabanga] On Friday, a farmer was killed when a piece of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detonated in Tawila locality in North Darfur. "Abdelshakur was ploughing his land near El Aradeib El Ashara village, 15 kilometres east of Fanga, when he hit an explosive device," a relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga. "He was killed on the spot."

One Child Died, Six Fell Sick by Explosive Remnants in North Darfur
[Sudan Tribune] A child had died and six others fell sick on Friday after eating liquid substance from explosive remnants of war in Kalmando area, North Darfur state. Commissioner of Kalmando locality Al-Hadi Ahmed Hassan told Sudan Tribune that several young children stumbled across an ERW containing yellow substance while they were playing near a former army camp, saying they ate the substance out of curiosity which led to the death of a child by the name of Mustafa Asil.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Mine Action Newsletter - June 2016
[MAPA] The past three decades of war and turmoil have devastaƟngly affected the Afghan individuals, sinking the nation more profound into poliƟcal flimsiness and
chaos. It has broken the social basis of the country and the state foundations have been made fragile and frail. 

MAPA Fast Facts: April to June 2016
[MAPA] : In the first quarter of 1395, according to the MAPA records 28 civilians were killed and 53 were injured by landmines and other unexploded ordnance
(UXO). This represents a significant decrease from a quarterly average of 507 mine/UXO casualties recorded in 1380 (2001).

Cambodia
Gov’t to Request Extra Time to Clear Mines
[Phnom Penh Post] The government plans to request another extension of a deadline – originally set for 2009 and already extended to 2019 – to meet obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty, an official said yesterday.

Remnants of War Causalities Down
[Khmer TImes] There were fewer casualties from explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Cambodia during the first six months of this year than in the same period last year, according to a Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) report released yesterday.

Iran
In Iran, Female Landmine Survivors Sre Third-Class Citizens
[Siter-hood] According to Landmine Monitor 2015, the annual publication of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, women and girls made up 12% of all casualties in the previous year. However that percentage varies by country. There are no official casualty figures available for Iran.

EUROPE

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pokemon Go Players at Risk of Landmines in Bosnia
[CNN] A Bosnian nongovernmental agency is urging Pokemon Go users to be aware of their surroundings, for a good reason -- land mines.

Netherlands
Netherlands Commits €45 Million to Clearing up Landmines
[NL Times] The Netherlands made 45 million euros available for cleaning up landmines in former conflict areas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. The Ministry is investing the money in three demining projects operating in a total of 13 countries. 

GLOBAL

UNMAS IED Lexicon
[UNMAS] This lexicon is intended to provide the United Nations system with a coherent conceptual framework and operational vocabulary to address the IED threat worldwide. It encompasses the broad spectrum of IED employment scenarios, the variety of IED devices, and their critical components. 

This Drone Can Detect and Detonate Landmines
[The Verge] The creators of a drone that can autonomously map, detect, and detonate land mines say their technology could potentially clear the world of these deadly devices in less than 10 years' time. 

Afghan Brothers Launch New Mine-Hunting Drone
[Bangkok Post] Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines.

Targeting Nuclear Armed States
[Peace Magazine] States could opt for an independent process outside the UN framework similar to that used to negotiate the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty (the Ottawa Convention) in 1997 and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM or “Oslo” Convention) in 2008. Without doubt, both the “Ottawa” and “Oslo“processes produced world-class treaties. Alternatively, it may be possible to harness the power of the apex organ of the United Nations—the General Assembly (GA).

 

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