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Today's Mine Action News (27 January 2016)

Posted on January, 27 2016

AFRICA

CAR
Rétrocession d’armes légères et munitions de la MINUSCA aux Forces de sécurité intérieures
[MINUSCA] La Compagnie Nationale de Sécurité (CNS) de la  Police nationale et le Groupe de Surveillance et d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale (GSIGN) sont entrés en possession de 28 armes légères (des AK 47 et de Type 56) et de 1 500 munitions, ce vendredi 22 janvier 2016, au camp de Roux, à Bangui. C’était à la faveur d’une  activité de rétrocession d’armes par la Section de la  Gestion des armes et des dangers explosifs (UNMAS) de la MINUSCA.

DRC
UNMAS DRC - David Dube's Risk Education Song
[UNMAS] Song by David Dube, UNMAS ambassador in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Liberia
UNMIL to Remove Unexploded Ordnance Today
[New Dawn] The United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL has urged the general public not to panic as it undertakes an exercise to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) that has been discovered in the township of Gardnersville on the outskirts of Monrovia.

Sudan
Italy Contributes to UN Mine Action Work in Sudan
[The Government of Italy and UNMAS] The Government of Italy gave EUR 250,000 to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for humanitarian mine action work in Sudan. The support will enable UNMAS to commence an important project aimed at reducing casualties among the Sudanese population and humanitarian field workers in the Kassala province.

Sudan: Italy Pledges €250,000 to Clear Mines in Sudan
[All Africa - Radio Dabanga] In a joint press statement from Khartoum today, the United Nations Mine Action Service (Unmas) and Italy announced a grant from the Italian government of €250,000 to support UN mine action work in Sudan.

ASIA

Look East Policy: India to Host Military Exercise with 18 ASEAN Plus countries in March
[The Indian Express] Exercise Force Eighteen will focus on Humanitarian Mine Action and Peace Keeping Operations, to allow the armies of these countries to develop a common understanding in handling any complex situation.

Afghanistan
UNMAS Strongly Condemns Attack on Deminers in Nahr‐e Seraj District of Helmand Province
[UNMACA]   The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) strongly condemns today’s  attack in Helmand province on a demining team of Demining Agency For Afghanistan (DAFA), an Afghan demining NGO and implementing partner of the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan.  

MAPA Fact Sheets - July to December 2015 (1394 second and third quarters) 
[UNMACA] At the beginning of July 2015, there were 4,322 hazards with a total area of 542.6 sq km recorded in the national mine action database. During these two quarters, 277 hazards making 17.3 sq km were released and returned back to communities. However over the past six months, the nationwide MEIFCS survey resulted in the addition of 242 previously unrecorded hazards with an area of 63.7 sq km, bringing the remaining contamination to 4,287 hazards and 589 sq km of contaminated area by the quarters end.

Cambodia
Mine Action in Cambodia: Beyond Clearing Landmines
[Phnom Penh Post] Over the past 20 years, Cambodia has made significant strides in cleaning up landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). Led by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), roughly 1,125 square kilometres of land has been “released” between 2003 and 2015. Land is released when reasonable efforts are made to identify, define and remove land mines.

Mine, ERW Casualties Down Last Year: Report
[Khmer Times] The number of accidents and casualties caused by mines and explosive remnants from war (ERW) were down last year, according to a report from the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA). 

Lao PDR
The Cost of America’s “Secret War” in Laos
[IRIN] The United States may increase the $15 million a year it spends on dealing with the legacy of its “secret” bombing of Laos, said Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday in the capital, Vientiane.

Kerry in Laos to Discuss Bomb Legacy
[The Nation] US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday hinted Washington may boost the $15 million fund it provides to tackle the deadly legacy of unexploded American bombs in Laos, during a rare visit to the reclusive communist state.

GLOBAL

James Bond Spectre – the Auction
[Christie's] This February, Christie’s is to celebrate the release of the 24th Bond film with charity auctions, live in London and online. Here, we share highlights – including an Aston Martin DB10 and Q’s laptop — and how you can bid

You Can Now Buy James Bond's Aston Martin DB10 from 'Spectre' — and His Omega Watch
[Business Insider] The Aston Martin DB10 from the most recent James Bond film will be auctioned off at Christie's in London along with a list of other props from the movie. This will be the first DB10 to be made available for public sale.

 

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