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Today's Mine Action News (12th July 2016)

Posted on July, 12 2016


Human Rights Report on Civilian Casualties - June 2016
[UNSMIL] From 1 June to 30 June 2016, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented 49 civilian casualties, including 18 deaths and 31 injuries, during the conduct of hostilities across Libya. Victims included 4 children killed and 8 injured, 12 men killed and 20 injured and 2 women killed and 3 injured.

South Sudan
UNMISS Educates Community Leaders on Mine Risks
[UNMISS] The UNMISS RRP Section, in collaboration with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), organized a mine risk education seminar for community leaders, community watch groups, and inhabitants of the Malakal PoC site.

UXO Blast Kills Two Children in North Darfur
[Sudan Tribune] An unexploded Ordinance (UXO) on Friday has killed two children and seriously wounded their sister in Malit locality, 60 kilometers north of El-Fasher the capital of North Darfur State.


In Colombia, There Can Be No Development Without Peace
[The Globe and Mail] It has been dubbed the world’s longest running civil war for more than half a century. It has seen more than 220,000 killed and more than 6.8 million people forced from their homes.

As Colombia Peace Talks Advance, War Widows, Ex-Fighters Clear Landmines One at a Time
[Reuters] Kneeling down in the middle of a minefield, Noralba Guarin uses a spade to scrape away the hard red earth on a remote wooded hillside in southwestern Colombia.

United States
Cyborg locusts? Washington University Researchers Think Bugs Could Be Used to Sniff Out Bombs
[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]  In the basement of Washington University’s Brauer Hall, there’s a room full of locusts. Hundreds in each dimly lit cage behind a glass panel, separated by age. The colony, researchers call it. “I like to joke that I could release the plague on St. Louis,” said Nalin Katta, a doctoral student working with the bugs.

Protesters Picket Textron in Wilmington Over Cluster-Bomb Production
[Lowellsun] A group of about 30 people protested outside Textron Weapon and Sensor Systems in Wilmington on Wednesday, calling for an end to the company's production of cluster bombs, and especially for an end of their sale to Saudi Arabia.


Man Loses Leg to Mine Near Border in Battambang
[Phnom Penh Post] A Battambang man stepped on a landmine while laying animal traps near his crops on Friday, damaging one of his legs so severely it had to be amputated, local police said yesterday.

Tractor Driver Injured by Landmine
[Khmer Times] A tractor driver was seriously injured after driving over a landmine while plowing farmland on Monday evening in Siem Reap province’s Varin district, according to local police.

India Gifts Canines For Mine Clearance
[Krmer Times] The Indian government has given 15 dogs to the Kingdom along with a promise to train personnel to work with the furry friends on mine-clearance projects, according to an official press release.

Decades On, Land Mines Shatter Young Lives in Iran
[NYT] Remnants of a war fought decades ago continue to devastate innocent lives in Iran. During the conflict with Iraq in the 1980s, millions of land mines were buried throughout Iran’s western border provinces. Despite efforts by government demining programs, an unknown amount of undetonated ordnance still litters the countryside.

Elephant Who Lost Leg To Land Mine Gets Life-Saving Prosthetic Limb
[Huffington Post] Someone needed to address the elephant in the room. Literally. Mosha, an Asian elephant who lost her right foreleg at just 7 months old when she stepped on a land mine on Thailand’s border with Myanmar got her ninth prosthetic limb on June 29, which ended up saving her life.


France Gets Rid of All Its Cluster Munitions
[CMC] France completed the destruction of its stockpile of cluster munitions! The announcement was made jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense on 30 June 2016. Congratulations, felicitations!


ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment - Statement by the UNMAS Director
[UNMAS] In the words of the United Nations Secretary-General, “Mine action is critical for effective humanitarian response in conflict and post conflict settings”. In today’s conflicts, international humanitarian law is too often flagrantly violated; as a result of increasingly deliberate targeting of civilian objects and populations, civilians bear the brunt of a wide variety of deadly explosive hazards left by fighting. 


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