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Today's Mine Action News (19th December 2016)

Posted on December, 19 2016

AFRICA

Mine, Unmas: “Non solo Libia, è allarme in Africa”
[DiRE] “Libia, Mali e Sudan, sono questi i Paesi africani dove bisogna impegnarsi di più“: a parlare con la Dire è Abigail Hartley, capo della sezione politica di Unmas, l’agenzia delle Nazioni Unite che coordina il contrasto alle mine antiuomo. Il colloquio comincia dall’ultimo rapporto dell’International Campaign to Ban Landimines (Icbl).

AMERICAS

Colombia
Colombia Needs Help to Make Peace Last
[NYT]  On Nov. 29, a 6-year-old Colombian girl, Yisely Isarama, was killed by a land mine in Choco Province. The same day, the Colombian Senate voted 75 to 0 to ratify peace accords to end the 52-year war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC.

ASIA

Afghanistan
Dozens Die Every Day As Mines Remain A Challenge
[Tolo News] The State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs Wais Barmak on Monday said at least 81 people die in explosions, either mines or other IEDs, every day in Afghanistan.

Afghan Brothers Develop Drone to Clear Land Mines
[VoA] As boys growing up on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Mahmud Hassani and his brother Massoud saw firsthand the damage land mines did to anyone unlucky enough to stumble across them.

Vietnam
Conference Looks to Strengthen Support for UXO Victims
[Viet Nam News] The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and The International Center, a non-governmental organisation, held a conference in Hà Nội today to enhance international co-operation in aiding bomb and mine victims. 

EUROPE

Denmark
'Land of Mine' Shows When Mercy Must Overrule Hatred
[Christian Science Monitor] “Land of Mine,” the excellent Danish entry for the foreign language Oscar, is set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, when the wounds of that war are still very much open. After suffering through five years of Nazi occupation, the Danes in this film, who reside on the country’s west coast, are vehemently anti-German. 

UK
3D Printed Bones Could Soon Aid Landmine Victims
[3ders] Researchers at the University of Glasgow could soon be growing and shipping customized, 3D printed bones to landmine blast survivors.

GLOBAL

Deputy Secretary-General's Remarks at Opening of 2016 Global Humanitarian Policy Forum [as delivered]
[Office of the UN Secretary General] It is a particular pleasure for me to be with you today to mark this 25th anniversary of General Assembly Resolution 46/182, which laid the foundation for the humanitarian mandate of the UN.

 

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