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Today's Mine Action News (7th April 2016)

Posted on April, 7 2016

AFRICA

DRC
Atténuer les risques des engins explosifs dangereux afin de favoriser la consolidation de la paix en RDC
[UN in DRC] Le peuple japonais vient d’accorder un don de 2 millions de dollars américains au Service de la lutte antimines des Nations Unies (UNMAS) afin de lui permettre de mener des activités humanitaires de lutte antimines en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). 

Libya
UNMAS and Libyan Partners meet to discuss Capacity, Needs and Lessons Learned
[UNSMIL] UNMAS and Arms and Ammunition Advisory Section (AAAS) of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has brought together 23 members of its Libyan mine action partners for a 5 day workshop, from 14 – 18 March, on the pillars of humanitarian mine action and their capacity to implement activities across Libya.

South Sudan

UNMISS and UNMAS Conduct Conflict Management and Mine Awareness Education Workshop in Pibor
[UNMISS] The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Civil Affairs conducted a two-day community-based conflict management workshop in Pibor on 30-31 March. 

Civil conflict slows South Sudan demining progress: official
[Shanghai Daily] South Sudan will not be able to be free of landmines as projected in 2020 due to the civil conflict that started since 2013, an official has said.

South Sudan struggles with deadly landmine legacy
[Turkish Weekly] Lndmine victim, Rose Muja, is not one for giving up. The South Sudanese widow who lost a leg in the early 1990s tells Anadolu Agency she has managed to raise a family despite being disabled.

Sudan
Sudan: UXO Blast Kills Six Gold Miners in Tawila, North Darfur
[All Africa - Radio Dabanga] Six people were killed in an explosion when the vehicle they were travelling in exploded west of Tabit in Tawila locality on Friday.
One of the passengers who sustained light injuries told Radio Dabanga that they were on their way to explore for gold in the area of Juneg, 30 kilometres west of Tabit. "Not far from Juneg, the Toyota pick-up truck we were in hit a piece of unexploded ordnance (UXO)."

U.N. Experts Report Cluster Bombs, Gold Smuggling in Darfur
[Reuters] United Nations sanctions monitors confirmed in their latest report the recent presence of cluster munitions in Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region in violation of a U.N. arms embargo while rebel groups earned cash from illicit gold mining.

AMERICAS

USA
Crews Have Safely Detonated a Civil War-Era Landmine That Prompted the Evacuation of about 20 Homes in Arkansas
[US News - AP] Crews have safely detonated a Civil War-era land mine that prompted the evacuation of about 20 homes in Arkansas. Matt Bell says he was doing excavation work when he dug up what he thought was a cannonball Wednesday near Danville, which is about 85 miles west of Little Rock.

Cuba
Cuba Bans Cluster Munitions
[CMC] Cuba is the 99th State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The instrument of accession was submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the UN Headquarters in New York, on 6 April 2016.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Digging for Mines in Afghanistan
[The Diplomat] Every day someone in Afghanistan is affected by a landmine. A disproportionate number of them are children and goat herders. Despite sustained efforts, hundreds of square kilometers of land remains mined. However, the deminers of the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) plan to make Afghanistan mine free by 2023.

Azerbaijan
ANAMA disarmed 701 UXOs and three mines in March
[APA] In March 2016, Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) inspected 1,762,402 sq m area, disarming 701 unexploded ordinances (UXO) and 2 antitank mines, 1 antipersonnel mine, ANAMA’s press service told APA.

Azerbaijan
Romanian Embassy Organizes Roundtable on Jeyranchel Clearance Project
[Azer News] The Romanian embassy in Baku, in its capacity of NATO Contact Point embassy to Azerbaijan, organized a roundtable on “Jeyranchel Clearance Project: current situation and perspectives” on April 1.

Afghan Official: 11 De-miners Kidnapped
[Washinton Post - AP] An official says gunmen have kidnapped 11 land mine clearers in western Afghanistan. Rauf Ahmadi, the spokesman for the police chief of the western Herat province, said Saturday that a military operation has been launched in the area, with six suspects detained. He says tribal elders had earlier tried negotiating the de-miners’ release.

Cambodia
Divers Recover Deadly Ordnance From Tonle Sap
[Cambodia Daily] A team of divers from the Cambodian Mine Action Center’s (CMAC) Salvage Dive Unit have recovered four artillery shells and a 500-pound aircraft bomb from the bed of the Tonle Sap River on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Flower Picker Wounded by Landmine Near Border
[Khmer Times] A 55-year old man had his leg amputated after he stepped on a landmine near the Thai border in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district, according to local police.

UXO Uncovered in Kandal Riverbank
[Phnom Penh Post] Experts with the Cambodian Mine Action Centre on Sunday afternoon recovered an unexploded 227-kilogram bomb after it was discovered by residents in Kandal province’s Kbal Koh village.

Iraq
U.S. firm to de-mine Iraqi city of Ramadi retaken from Islamic State
[Reuters] A U.S. de-mining company is removing explosives and training Iraqis to dismantle the devices planted by Islamic State in the largest Iraqi city retaken from the militants, a diplomat and two U.S. officials said on Monday.

Lao PDR
Turning Bombs into Spoons – Relics of the Secret US War in Laos
[Guardian] La lok Phengparkdee has been turning bombs into spoons since he was eight. He lives in Ban Napia and works with the relics of the secret war waged by the US in this tiny country while the world’s attention was focused next door on Vietnam.

Vietnam
For Vietnamese Scrap Metal Hunters, Tiny Income Courts UXO Danger
[Thanhnien News] For many people in Hong Van Commune, the war is not over. The commune in Thua Thien-Hue Province’s A Luoi District used to be a fierce battlefield in the Vietnam War. Now it is still laden with deadly bombs, mortars, artillery shells and other munitions, Zing.vn reports.

Yemen
Stop Cluster Munition Use in Yemen
[CMC] This week marks one year since the Saudi–led coalition began using cluster munitions in populated areas in Yemen. The coalition is comprised of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.

GLOBAL

Ending Anti-Personnel Mines Is Our Joint Responsibility
[Huffington Post] Ten years. Ten years since I have started meeting with victims of anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions in Laos, Cambodia, Lebanon, and Colombia.

#Clear the Pitch - You'll never walk alone
[Clear the Pitch] #ClearThePitch is a new awareness initiative that has a simple goal: create safer fields for kids to play football on and safer communities for families to live in. 

 

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