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Today's Mine Action News (8th February 2016)

Posted on February, 8 2016


UN Arms Libyan Women with Gun-Safety Knowledge
[Al Monitor]The gun situation has influenced the dynamics of gender in the Libyan communities, where women and girls are disproportionately affected by the violence. That’s why UNMAS, the Small Arms Survey in Geneva and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research designed the risk-awareness program to focus specifically on women.

AMISOM Troops’ Convoy Targeted in Landmine Explosion
[Mareeg] A witness says bomb planted underneath ripped through a military convoy carrying African Union troops in Leego village, located in Lower Shabelle region on Friday.

Double Stretch: The Journey to Clearing Zimbabwe’s Landmines
[ICRC] Nearly 40 years after the conflict ended, landmines laid along the Zimbabwe's border with Mozambique continue to pose a threat to the lives and livelihoods of rural communities. Since 2012, the ICRC has been assisting the Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre (ZIMAC) to strengthen its capacity to remove landmines in the Crooks Corner to Sango Border Post minefield in the southeastern Zimbabwe. In this video, we look at the challenges faced by deminers and the progress achieved so far.


The Clearance of International Military High Explosive Training Ranges  Decreases Civilian Casualties in 2015
[UNMACA] On 10 April 2015, in Maywand District of Kandahar province, two brothers aged ten and eight found an explosive remnant of war (ERW) when they ventured onto a former international military high explosive training range. They were from the Kochi (nomad) tribal of Afghanistan, and were tending animals. It exploded when it was handled, resulting in their tragic deaths.

NGOs Waiting for Green Light to Clear Landmines
[Eleven] Domestic and foreign organisations are waiting to clear landmines in the regions where the government and ethnic armed groups have signed a ceasefire.

Iran’s Landmines: A Never-Ending Nightmare
[LobeLog] Akbar, 47, needs to wrap his leg stump in layer after layer of cloth. His leg was amputated after he stepped on a hidden landmine on his way from work, in western Iran, an area still contaminated by landmines from the eight-year-long Iran-Iraq war. 


Presidential Support for Colombia's Mine Clearance
[USBL] The start of mine clearance in Colombia provides the latest example of how the Obama Administration is working to address the global landmine problem in accordance with the goals of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

Global Anti-Landmine Initiative for Colombia
[The Government of Norway] 'Colombia is one of the countries in the world that is most contaminated by landmines. It will be essential to clear the mines and other unexploded ordnances in order to enable many of the over six million internally displaced people to return to their homes once a peace agreement is in place. Mine clearance is therefore a crucial task for Colombia, partner countries such as Norway and the US, and the rest of the international community,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

United States
PSALM Students Host Exhibit at Monongalia Arts Center
[WBOY] Friday evening, PSALM (Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs) held an art and photo exhibit at Monongalia Arts Center.  The theme of the Exhibit was "A Place at the Table". The students displayed a sculptural table with hand painted plates representing the needs of people with disabilities. The plates represent survivors of landmines and cluster munitions and their journeys through life, including hardships and successes. 


US Funding for NKR Rehabilitation Center Is an ANCA FY17 Foreign Aid Priority
[Armenian Weekly] Among the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) foreign aid priorities being advanced by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is an appropriation of at least $5 million in aid to Nagorno-Karabagh for humanitarian and developmental programs, including the urgently needed expansion and modernization of the Lady Cox Rehabilitation Center, a regional clinic serving children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.

‘Land Of Mine,’ ‘Don Juan’ Top Goteborg Film Fest
[Variety] One night after nabbing Rotterdam’s audience award and MovieZone prize, Danish helmer Martin Zandvliet came away Goteborg’s biggest winner, scoring the generously endowed – approx. $120,000 – Best Nordic Film kudo for “Land Of Mine,” a gripping portrayal of a group of young German P.O.W.s forced to de-mine Danish beaches after the Axis defeat. “Land” was a standout in a strong competition that also included the Academy Award-nominated “A War” from Danish helmer Tobias Lindholm.


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