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Today's Mine Action News (29 July 2013)

Posted on July, 29 2013


Malian Refugees Trickling Back Home
[IRIN] Malians are slowly returning from refuge in neighbouring Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger as stability improves more than a year after a military coup and an insurgency shook the West African country. 

Analysis: Bringing Peace, Stability and Aid Back to Yemen’s North
[IRIN] More than three years after a tentative truce between the Houthi-led Shia movement in the north of Yemen and the government, humanitarian access is starting to open up in the areas still under the control of the Houthi militant forces.


MACCA Fast Fact: June 2013
[MACCA] In the first quarter of 1392, according to the MAPA records 89 Afghans were killed or injured by mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), representing a significant decrease from a quarterly average of 507 casualties recorded in 1380 (2001).

Transforming the ‘Devil’s Gardens’
[MAG blog] Fighting finally ended in 1998 and, overnight, thousands of people left the camps for Internally Displaced People where they were living and headed home. I remember travelling there myself a day later and being astonished at the level of landmine contamination.


Landmine Detecting Bees Create a Buzz
[WSB Radio] Clearing landmines is dangerous, painstaking work, and however good the technicians hunting them, some devices get left behind. 


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