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Today's Mine Action News (4th October 2016)

Posted on October, 4 2016


Task Force Sparta teaches Humanitarian Mine Action training to AMISOM Troop Contributing Country
[CJTF-HOA] A team from Task Force Sparta, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, is teaching lifesaving skills to Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) combat engineer soldiers and officers during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 5-30, at a training center in Kenya. Deliberate Kindle 2016 is a four-week course designed to prepare the KDF soldiers for future deployments in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). 

Country Coordination Forum - Mine Action in Sudan
[UNMAS] On 2 October 2016 in Khartoum under the agenda of country coordination forum, the government of Sudan, United Nations and donor community, among which 20 ambassadors, met and received update on the current situation of mines and explosive remnant of war contamination in Sudan, the progress made over the last 12 months and the future plans and funding needs.

Sudan: Darfur Child Dead, Another Loses Legs in UXO Blast
[All Africa - Radio Dabanga] One young boy has died, and another had both legs blown-off when an item of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detonated in Darfur on Tuesday.


UNAMA Condemns Killing of 19 Civilians in Pressure Plated IED Incidents
[UNAMA] UNAMA condemns two improvised explosive device (IED) detonations on civilian vehicles in recent days that killed 19 civilians in Helmand and Badghis provinces. Both devices used victim-activated pressure plate triggers that are both illegal and indiscriminate.

Britain Pledges £750m to Help Improve the Lives of Afghans Following Years of War
[Independent] The UK will commit £750m to help improve health, education and security in Afghanistan, under a major new funding announcement.

From Decades of War to 25 Years of Peace
[Phnom Penh Post] A special exhibition of photography marking the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords will open on Saturday at Siem Reap’s Constable Gallery At Large. The Paris Peace Accords, signed on October 23, 1991, brought stability and democracy back to a country that had been plagued by decades of conflict.

Japan Gives $32M for UXO Projects, Phnom Penh Buses
[Phnom Penh Post] Japan has pledged to help fund three projects in Cambodia with a grant totalling about $31.9 million. Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary of State Long Visalo met with Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Yuji Kumamaru yesterday for a signing ceremony to officially award the funding.

UNMAS launches a Risk Education and Victim Assistance Management Training Course
[UNAMI] On 27th September 2016 UNMAS officially opened an intensive Risk Education Program Management training course that will cover the threats of Mines, explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices, as well as the management of Victim Assistance support.

Lebanon: DCA Continues Fight Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs with Support from the U.S. Department of State
[DCA] With a very generous donation of 1,170,266 USD, The U.S. Department of State’s Office for Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM-WRA) ensures DCA’s effort in clearing important agricultural areas of cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).

At a Hospital in Aleppo, Evidence of a Detested Weapon
[NBC] Russian-made cluster bombs — weapons that kill indiscriminately and inflict long-lasting damage — were used in an attack on at least one hospital in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo last week, a video obtained by NBC News appears to show.


Lost in the Minefield? Canada and the Ottawa Treaty
[The McLeod Group] Recent days have seen much ado concerning Canada’s renewed commitment to peacekeeping, but far less attention has been paid to our other diplomatic initiative that was worthy of a Nobel Prize, the Ottawa Treaty on landmines. This seems curious given the success of the Treaty and the accolades Canada received for its leadership twenty years ago.

Colombia's Road to Peace Marred by Multiple Obstacles
[NY Times] The contrast couldn't be more dramatic: As Colombia's president and the head of its largest guerrilla movement were putting their signatures on a historic peace deal, a 6-year-old boy was killed when he chased a soccer ball into a field and stepped on a land mine left behind during the half-century conflict.


Obituary: Diek Mostert Engelbrecht
[CISR] Diek Engelbrecht, a respected colleague and authoritative leader in mine action, passed away in El Fasher on 25 September 2016. His death, believed to be of natural causes, came three weeks before his planned return to South Africa to resume his hard-earned retirement.

Composition 2016-2017 - The Convention on Cluster Munitions
[CCM] At the Sixth Meeting of States Parties (6MSP) held in Geneva from 5 to 7 September 2016, States welcomed the new composition of the 2016-2017 Coordination Committee.


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