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Today's Mine Action News (27th July 2017)

Posted on July, 27 2017

AFRICA

South Sudan
South Sudan's Women Deminers Brave Danger to Change Their Children's Future
[Daily Mail] Margret has decided that South Sudan is not a place to raise children, but she is changing this for future generations. That's why - 10 years ago - the mother of two joined the country's 400 to 500 deminers, digging up remnants of past and present wars - bombs, unexploded ordnances and landmines.

Sudan
Near Verbatim Opening Remarks by UNAMID Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo, at a Press Conference Held in Khartoum
[UNAMID] It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this gathering, which is my first since I assumed the position of UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator in April this year. At the very outset of this briefing, I’d like to highlight the vital role of our press/media counterparts in the collective effort to reach peace in Darfur and the wider Sudan—all of you present here play a significant part in building trust, giving hope and encouraging reconciliation amongst the parties to the ongoing conflict.

AMERICAS

Colombia
Warren Buffett’s Son Donates $32.1 Million USD to Colombia for Landmine Removal and Other Projects
[Finance Colombia] Warren Buffett’s son, Howard Buffett, has donated $32.1 million USD to Colombia, the office of the nation’s president said today. The first half of the sum, $16.1 million USD, will be devoted to clearing landmines that continue to make many rural areas of the country dangerous following more than a half-century of armed conflict.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict - Midyear Report 2017
[UNAMA] The 2017 Mid-Year Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan was prepared by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and covers the period from 1 January to 30 June 2017.

Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP III) - Monthly Status Update - June 2017
[UNMAS] ACAP III responded swiftly to a large vehicle-borne suicide attack in Kabul on 31 May, 2017 that reportedly killed 150 and injured approximately 400. During the month of June, staff assessed 355 victims, out of which 215 were found to be eligible for ACAP III assistance. Immediate Assistance packages were distributed to 200 families.

A Day with Afghan Deminers
[United Nations]  In Afghanistan, approximately 185 million square meters of land have been contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war. 

Iraq
It Could Take More Than a Decade to Clear Mosul of Explosives, U.S. Officials Say
[Washington Post] After nine months of vicious street-to-street fighting to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul, it could take many years more to fully remove explosives and other munitions from one of Iraq’s most populous cities, U.S. State Department officials said.

Crossroads with Michelle Makori and David Shuster, Friday, July 7th 2017
[i24] (00:33:30) The fight against ISIS in Mosul - interview with Pehr Lodhammar

The Billion-Dollar Job of Raising Mosul From the Rubble
[Financial Times] A little more than three years ago, the ancient city of Mosul – Iraq’s second-largest -- was a strategically important northern metropolis on the Tigris, home to a diverse population of almost 2 million Arabs, Assyrians, Turkmen, Kurds, Yazidis and others.

Iraqi Team Arrives for Training with CMAC
[Phnom Penh Post] or the second year running, a delegation of Iraqi demining trainees have come to the Kingdom for a training programme at the Cambodian Mine Action Centre’s (CMAC) Technical Institute of Mine Action in Kampong Chhnang province.

ISIS Is Using Booby-Traps to Preserve the Chaos as Its 'Caliphate' Shrinks in Iraq
[Business Insider] As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.

Lao PDR
Can Laos Clear Its Unexploded Bombs?
[Diplomat] Last week, Laos and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) inked a new support project document focusing on clearing unexploded ordnance (UXO). Though the process itself was fairly routine, it nonetheless illustrated the Southeast Asian state’s continued struggle in this realm.

Lebanon
UNIFIL Mine Awareness Campaign in Tyre
[UNIFIL] UNIFIL’s Sector West Headquarters and the Mission’s Italian Contingent organized a mine awareness campaign at As Samaiyah Intermediate Public School in Tyre district, in collaboration with various UNIFIL units, UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

Syria
Russia Looks to U.N. to Help It Profit From Syria Conquests
[Foreign Policy] Russia has stepped up a campaign to get the United Nations to demine Syria’s majestic Roman ruins in Palmyra, but some Western diplomats fear the Kremlin is only seeking to get other countries to help it exploit the city’s rich natural resources.

EUROPE

Croatia
Forest Fire Triggers Landmine Explosions in Croatia
[CTV] Emergency officials say a forest fire that has spread to southern Croatia from neighbouring Montenegro has triggered 34 explosions, probably from mines left over from the region's war in the 1990s.

 

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