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Today's Mine Action News (2nd March 2016)

Posted on March, 2 2016

AFRICA

DRC
UNMAS DRC – “Safe Environment, Secure Communities”
[deleGATE] Since independence in 1960, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen political turmoil, causing widespread displacement as well as contamination with explosive remnants of war (ERWs), mines and submunitions. In recent years, continuing armed conflict has exacerbated the fragile security situation.

Tanzania
EOD Provides Training, Finds Friendship and Partnership in Tanzania
[CJTF-HOA] Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, recently wrapped up a 25-day Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training class hosted by the Tanzania People's Defense Force in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

AMERICAS

USA
US: Send Landmine Ban Treaty to Senate
[HRW] President Barack Obama should send the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty to the Senate for its action on United States accession before he leaves office, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president from the US Campaign to Ban Landmines. Human Rights Watch heads the coalition.

PSALM Debuts ‘A Place at the Table’ in the MAC’s Benedum Gallery
[Daily Athenaeum] The Monongalia Arts Center recently presented the February 2016 Benedum Gallery exhibition, “A Place at the Table.” The Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs exhibition takes a look at the international campaigns to ban landmines and cluster munitions and how to address the needs of survivors.

ASIA

Cambodia
PM Pushes Mine Awareness
[Phnom Penh Post] Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged Cambodians to be cautious of mines and unexploded ordnance ahead of today’s National Mine Awareness Day, just one day after two separate instances of UXO casualties – one of them fatal – in Banteay Meanchey province.

Pakistan
Landmine Blast Victim Seeks Help, Job for His Son
[The News International] Rawalpindi: Haji Ali Mohsin, 57, a resident of Parachinar, had lost his legs in a landmine explosion in 1999 and he needs financial assistance from philanthropists to bear the cost of his medical treatment and livelihood.

EUROPE

UK
Newcastle Defence Specialist Acquires Life-Saving Landmine Clearance Technology from MineWolf
[Chronicle Live] Newcastle defence specialist Pearson Engineering is aiming to expand into new markets after acquiring land mine clearance technology amid a European company’s collapse.

Land Mine Alert at Livingston Industrial Estate
[BBC] A bomb disposal team was called out to an industrial estate in West Lothian after reports of an unexploded land mine being found in a skip.

GLOBAL

La lutte anti-mines est la première mesure à prendre lors d’une action humanitaire
[La Cité] Agnès Marcaillou, directrice de l’UNMAS, le Service de l’action anti-mines des Nations Unies, explique la pertinence du travail de son organisation et de son évolution à une époque où les civils sont de plus en plus ciblés dans les conflits armés.

Landmines Are Still Inflicting Thousands Of Casualties Every Year
[Forbes] Even though the number of people killed or maimed by landmines has fallen considerably over the past decade and a half, these munitions still inflict thousands of casualties every year.

Mine Action Programme Directors Meet in Geneva
[deleGATE] “Mine action is an investment in humanity”, stated Assistant Secretary-General Kyung-wha Kang of OCHA in her keynote speech at the opening of the 19th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisers, held in Geneva from 16 to 19 February.

 

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