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Today's Mine Action News (15th November 2016)

Posted on November, 15 2016

AFRICA

DRC
UNMAS DRC - Goma armoury handover ceremony
[UNMAS] On 14th October, UNMAS programme DRC handed a weapons and ammunition storage facility to the Congolese National Police (PNC) in Goma, North Kivu. .

Somalia
Clearing the Way Demining and Bomb Disposal in Somalia [Video]
[UNMAS] New film produced by the UNMAS Somalia Programme.

South Sudan
Explosive Hazards in South Sudan Put Residents at Risk
[VOA] Four months after fighting broke out in South Sudan's capital, Juba, the United Nations Mine Action Service says that it is still working to clear explosive hazards around the city and that the situation in the rest of the country remains critical.

ASIA

Afghanistan
MAPA Fast Fact July - September 2016
[UNMACA] In the second quarter of 1395, according to the MAPA records 40 civilians were killed and 76 were injured by landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO). This represents a significant decrease from a quarterly average of 507 mine/UXO casualties recorded in 1380 (2001).

Demining Activities Hampered By Budget Constraints
[TOLO news] The Natural Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Sunday that due to budget constraints and the ongoing war in the country around 27 percent of affected areas have not yet been cleared of mines.

Cambodia
Casualties From Explosives Decline
[Khmer Times] Casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) declined over the first nine month of 2016 compared with the same period last year, according to a report.

Land-Mine-Detecting Drones Put to the Test
[Cambodia Daily] A U.K. university is hoping to sell Cambodia its first fleet of unmanned drones and rovers for clearing land mines, sending a team to Pursat province last week for a test run.

Cambodia ‘Not in Line’ With Landmine Target
[Cambodia Daily] Cambodia is on track to miss a critical 2025 deadline to clear its minefields because it is spending too much money and manpower on land with few or no mines, according to a new report that warns of “disastrous” consequences if the country fails to meet the target.

Iraq
UNMAS launches a Risk Education and Victim Assistance Management Training Course
[UNMAMI] With a generous contribution from the Government of Japan, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) opened a Risk Education and Victim Assistance Management training course.

KRG, Japan Embassy and UNMAS Celebrate Certification Ceremony for Mine Action Officials
[UNAMI] UNMAS held a certification ceremony for fifteen senior officials from the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA), following their completion of a risk education and victim assistance management course funded by the Government of Japan to respond to humanitarian mine action in Iraq.

Germany Contributes EUR 5 Million to Support United Narions Mine Action Service Emergency Response in Iraq
[Federal Republic of Germany, Foreign Office -UNMAS] The German Federal Foreign Office has announced a contribution of EUR 5 million to the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to support UNMAS emergency response in Iraq. Activities funded by Germany include survey and clearance activities to ensure that prioritised locations within retaken areas are free from explosive hazards. 

Myanmar
The Tragedy of Landmine Warfare in Myanmar
[Aljazeera] After serving in the army for 23 years, U Thant Zin feels he has blood on his hands. He's responsible for laying countless landmines in conflicts that have engulfed Myanmar for decades.

Philippines
PH, US Forces Conclude Mine Search, Underwater Search-and-Retrieval Training
[Update.PH] Philippine Navy (PN) special operations operatives and their US counterparts recently concluded another exercise called the “Humanitarian Mine Action Assistance Training” which was held last Oct. 17 to 26 in Palawan. This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo Thursday.

Vietnam
Higgins Visits Landmine Awareness Centre in Vietnam
[Irish Times] Pham Quy Thi was 22 years old and tending his rice fields in Quang Tri province in 1977, two years after the end of the Vietnam War, when he hit an unexploded cluster bomb. He lost his right hand and suffered serious abdominal injuries, which took 18 months to recover from.

EUROPE

UK
Sir Bobby Charlton Backs Opening of International Landmine Research Centre in Manchester
[University of Manchester] Sir Bobby Charlton has signed an agreement on behalf of his charity, Find A Better Way, to open an international research centre based at The University of Manchester dedicated to improving the detection of landmines.

Ukraine
Civil Affairs Team Conducts Mine Awareness Class in Ukraine
[DVIDS] t was like any typical school assembly one would see at any number of schools across the United States. The children were taught about the importance of good hygiene, getting plenty of sleep and healthy exercise. But then the presentation went into an area of discussion that most children in the United States never have to think about—land mine awareness.

GLOBAL

UNMAS News - November 2016
[UNMAS] The United Nations Secretary-General Awards recognize the outstanding work of United Nations staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty or advanced projects with great impact and innovative potential.

Lloyd Axworthy and the Continuing Battle to Rid the World of Landmines
[RCI] Still very much with us, landmines remain a scourge–by-products of the worst of mankind. Planted in the ground, invisible to the naked eye, they kill and maim unsuspecting victims, previously doing something as basic–and innocent–as taking an afternoon walk in the woods.

These Bionic Plants Can Detect Deadly Landmines
[Gizmono] opeye was right when it came to the health benefits of spinach, but that simple sailor man couldn’t have predicted this unorthodox use of the superfood. Researchers at MIT have found a way to use spinach to detect explosive materials in soil, potentially making the plant a safe way to detect landmines.

A Lingering, Deadly Legacy of Wars: Unexploded Bombs
[NY Times] Since 1975, more than 40,000 Vietnamese are believed to have been killed and about 60,000 others maimed by what is known as unexploded ordnance — land mines, artillery shells, cluster bombs and the like that failed to detonate decades ago. 

[Video] Defusing War’s Perfect Soldiers
[NY Times] In bold documentary style, Retro Report looks back at the major stories that shaped the world using fresh interviews, analysis and compelling archival footage. Produced by Retro Report for The New York Times.

Mine Action and Peace Mediation
[GICHD - Swiss Peace] The humanitarian consequences of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) are extensive and long lasting. This fact suggests the relevance of having them addressed in negotiations among conflict parties and included in ceasefire and peace agreements.

 

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