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Today's Mine Action News (2nd May 2017)

Posted on May, 2 2017

AFRICA

Somalia
​Somalia: Landmine Explosion Targets Humanitarian, Government Officials
[Garowe] A landmine explosion was reported to rip through a vehicle ferrying representatives from international charities and government officials on Wednesday near the capital Mogadishu, Garowe Online reports.

Sudan
Fura-Branga Locality Declared Free of Mines and Unexploded Devices
[Sudan News Agency] The Fura-Branga Locality, West Darfur State, declared in a celebration, that it has become free of mines and unexploded devices.

AMERICAS

Colombia
Colombia: The Painstaking Process to Remove Landmines, Restore Security
[Humanosphere] After decades of armed conflict, Colombia has the second highest rate of landmine victims in the world. Handicap International is one organization working remove such mines to prevent disability and restore security in the country’s most vulnerable communities.

ASIA

Lebanon
UNIFIL’s Force Commander Reserve takes part in “Tyre By Bike” event
[UNIFIL] On the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, a detachment of UNIFIL’s Force Commander Reserve participated in the “Tyre By Bike” event on 8 April 2017. 

Palestine
Japan Donates US$ 905,650 to Support the United Nations Mine Action Service Intervention in Gaza
[ UNMAS] Japan has contributed US $ 905,650 to UNMAS (United Nations Mine Action Service) through the Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to continue protecting civilians and supporting reconstruction in Gaza.

Yemen
Watchdog Says Yemen Rebel Landmines Killed, Maimed Hundreds
[ABC] An international rights group on Thursday decried the use of land mines by Yemen's Shiite rebels in the impoverished Arab country at war, saying they have killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and prevented many of the displaced from returning to their homes.

Landmine Explosion Kills 2 Soldiers in Yemen's North
[Anadolu Agency] Two government forces were killed by a landmine explosion in northern Yemen on Sunday, according to a local military spokesman. 

GLOBAL

UNMAS News March 2017
[UNMAS] Mr. Abdul Khaliq, 27, is from Laghman province. He is the sole provider for his family. One morning last June, Mr. Khaliq’s house was hit by an errant rocket-propelled grenade, the result of a nearby engagement between the Taliban and Afghan National Security Forces.

The Butterfly Bombs of Spring [Until They're Gone Trailer
[Huffington Post] For most of us in the west, the horrors of war lie “out there,” in valleys and orchards on the other side of the ponds that separate us. Sometimes we forget about them altogether. But they are there nonetheless. These evils of war. The current and kinetic ugly faces of war. The air raids and missile strikes and sieges. Death, famine, rape, and beheading. 

NATO Allocates 100.000 Euro for Clearance of Unexploded Ordnance in Jeyranchel
[News Az] Based on the decision of the Government of Hungary 100.000 euro worth donation was made to the Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project for the clearance of unexploded ordnance at Jeyranchel, Azerbaijan, the Embassy of Hungary as the NATO Contact Point Embassy in the Republic of Azerbaijan told reporters.

 

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