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

Posted on May, 2 2016

AFRICA

Liberia
UNMIL Hands Over Explosive Ordnance Disposal Equipment to AFL
[New Dawn] he United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Wednesday handed over equipment required for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). On 30 April, the AFL assumes full responsibility for EOD when UNMIL Bangladeshi Engineers that have been responsible for the past two years cease operations as they prepare for repatriation in May.

Zimbabwe
Red Cross Donates Demining Equipment to Zimbabwe
[defenceWeb] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has donated de-mining equipment, including detectors and protective equipment, to the Zimbabwe Mine Action centre in an effort to double the country’s capacity to clear landmines in the southeast of the country.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Digging for Mines in Afghanistan
[OZY] I’m standing in a minefield on the side of a mountain in Afghanistan. In a few moments, a land mine will explode. Mirwais, the tall, broad-shouldered Afghan operations assistant for Mine Action Coordination Center for Afghanistan (MACCA), hands me a cup of chai. 

Cambodia
Cambodian Deminers Meet Thai Counterparts
[Phnom Penh Post] Senior officials from Thailand’s Mine Action Centre are visiting their counterparts in Cambodia this week in an effort to develop stronger bilateral cooperation to clear landmines along the Cambodian-Thai border.

Border Landmine Wounds Two Villagers
[Bangkok Post] Two villagers were wounded, one seriously, after one stepped on a landmine while looking for wild vegetables in Aranyaprathet district about 500 metres from the border with Cambodian on Sunday morning, according to Daily News Online.

Lao PDR
Obama to Increase US Funding for Bomb Clearance in Laos
[IRIN] The United States is set to boost funding for the removal of cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance in Laos, the fatal legacies of its “secret war” during the 1960s and 1970s.

Myanmar
Myanmar Landmine Blast Wounds German Tourists, Guide
[Yahoo - AFP] Two German travellers and their local guide were wounded by shrapnel from a landmine in north Myanmar, close to an area of recent heavy fighting between ethnic minority rebel groups, officials said on Wednesday.

Syria
Hunger Pushing Madaya Residents into Minefields in Bid to Find Food
[Middle East Eye]  On a dark, cold night in January, Hussein Madaya walked straight into a minefield in a desperate bid to bring food back for his wife and children in the starving, government-encircled town of Madaya. “It had been a strange day,” Hussein, a 40-year-old father of four, told Syria Direct, using a pseudonym. “Food was scarce, people were hysterical. I decided to leave Madaya and cross the minefields at night.”

Besieged Syrians Live Under Daily Danger Of Unexploded Cluster Bombs
[World Post] Hundreds of unexploded cluster bombs dropped by Syrian government forces in and around Eastern Ghouta since 2012 pose a deadly threat to people in the besieged rebel-held area of northern Damascus.

EUROPE

UK
Landmine Casualty Tsegai Tewelde is Bound for Olympic Games as Marathon Runner Gives Thanks to Glasgow
[Daily Mail] The shrapnel in his chest is not the only reminder of ‘home’ carried by Tsegai Tewelde. Even on a joyous day, it’s obvious that the marathon man from Eritrea is burdened by his fair share of sorrow.

OCEANIA

Palau
Palau Ratifies the Convention on Cluster Munitions
[CMC] Palau deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 19 April at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York. Congratulations on becoming the 100th State Party!

GLOBAL

[Video] Impossible Choices
[OCHA] This short film serves as a call to action for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. Alongside the United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, global stars passionately highlight what is the worst humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. 

UNMAS News April 2016
[UNMAS] In 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. To mark this day, UNMAS organised a series of events and activities around the world. 

Number of Civilians Killed or Injured by Explosives Rises 50% in Five Years
[The Guardian] More than 33,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2015, an increase of more than 50% in five years, according to a wide-ranging survey passed to the Guardian.

 

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