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Today's Mine Action News (30th August 2016)

Posted on August, 30 2016

AFRICA

Chad
Boko Haram Landmine Kills Four Chadian Soldiers
[Reuters] A landmine planted by Islamist group Boko Haram killed four Chadian soldiers on patrol near Chad's border with Niger on Saturday, two security sources said.

Somalia
Somalia: Landmine Blast Injures Five Soldiers in Somalia
[All Africa-Shabelle Media Network] At least five Somali soldiers were wounded on Thursday when a remote-controlled land mine blast struck an army base in Bulo Mareer village in southern Somalia, reports said.

Sudan
Ambassador of Japan’s visit to Demining Leadership Training in Khartoum
[UN in Sudan] On 17 August, 2016, His Excellency Hideki Ito the Ambassador of Japan visited and observed UNMAS activity “Demining Leadership Training” at Elaphone training center in the south of Khartoum, Sudan. 

ASIA

Afghanistan
Grazing Landmine Safe in Afghanistan
[Halo Trust] Abdul Hakim carries fragmentation in his shoulder and leg from a Russian mine which wounded him while he was fighting as a young mujahid in 1987 in the hills near Mazar-e-Sharif, but that doesn’t slow him down now as he walks these same hills with his 10-year-old grandson Kazim tending to their flock of 40 sheep. 

Armenia
ICRC Teaches Unexploded Landmine Safety to People of Tavush Region
[Asbarez]  In border villages of Armenia’s Tavush Region, situated near the international border with Azerbaijan, people underestimated the threats posed by mines and unexploded devices.

Cambodia
Mine Action Center Resumes Breeding Dogs as Fundraiser
[Cambodia Daily] The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) has restarted a long-dormant dog breeding program it hopes will replenish its stock of explosive-sniffing canines as well as its dwindling coffers by selling them to others, including riot police.

UXO Safely Removed from Pailin Mountain
[Phnom Penh Post] ix pieces of unexploded ordnance discovered by Borya villagers in Pailin province on Tuesday were safely removed by Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) officials yesterday.

Iraq
After ISIS: Clearing Mines Amid the Rubble of War
[Yahoo News] A group of Kurdish men arrive at sunrise, at an undisclosed location in Kirkuk Province, just steps behind the front lines of battle. They work quickly in the sweltering heat. Explosives are carefully piled in trenches and tied together so they will all blow up at once.

Myanmar
Landmine Workshop Highlights Dangers Of War
[Burma News International] A workshop for teachers and public servants to raise awareness on landmines and other explosive remnants of war is currently underway in Karen State capital Hpa-an.

EUROPE

Serbia
Serbia: About Two Million Square Meters Mined
[InSerbia Network] It is suspected that mines are located in the area of about two million square meters, cluster munition on the territory of about three million square meters, while air bombs – rockets are located in more than 150 locations, it was announced by the Mine Action Center.

OCEANIA

New Zealand
Govt Caught Acting Unethically Over Cluster Bomb Investments
[Scoop] Information uncovered by the Green Party showing the Government’s $31 billion ACC Investment Fund has been illegally investing New Zealanders’ money into cluster munitions companies is further evidence of National’s disregard for the laws and ethics of investment.

GLOBAL

The Deadly Legacy of Cluster Bombs
[TED] The destruction of war doesn't stop when the fighting is over. During the 34-day Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006, an estimated four million cluster submunitions were dropped on Lebanon, killing indiscriminately.

 

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