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Today's Mine Action News (19th September 2017)

Posted on September, 19 2017


“Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020" Defence and Security Division
[AU Peace and Security Department]  

Landmines, Bombs Disrupt Farming in Northern Uganda
[Daily Monitor] One morning in 2010, Esther Lakari, a resident of Panyul Village in Agago Sub-county, Lamwo District, set off to her farm to harvest food for her family. She had no idea that tragedy awaited her.


Why Are Afghan Militants Targeting Aid Workers?
[Deutsche Welle] The deaths of a minesweeper and a Red Cross employee last week are a sign that Afghanistan has become more dangerous for aid workers. Organizations are being forced to shut down, leaving victims in need.

Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP III) - Monthly Status Update - August 2017 
[UNMAS] The number of civilian casualties of the conflict in Afghanistan continues to remain high. The media reported 254 civilians were killed and 366 others were wounded in August. Most of the casualties reported were from Kabul, Herat, Helmand and Nangarhar provinces.

Beating the Odds and Clearing Landmines in Cambodia
[Al Jazeera] I first photographed Tith Pao just after his foot was blown off by a landmine in 1992. At the time, Cambodia was one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, along with Afghanistan and Angola. Exactly 25 years later, I returned to visit Pao and found the district transformed, almost entirely free of landmines. Life for Pao and his young family had improved beyond measure.

Sri Lanka
Japan to Support Humanitarian Demining in Northern Sri Lanka with US$ 1.2 million
[Colombo Page] The Government of Japan has decided to provide a total sum of US$ 1,263,112 (approx. Rs. 190 million) to SKAVITA Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Project (SHARP) and HALO Trust for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka.


US Moves to Help Locate Unexploded Bombs in Mosul
[SF Chronicle] A top American military commander has declassified 81 locations of unexploded bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition in the battle to oust Islamic State militants from the Iraqi city of Mosul. And officials are considering similar disclosures for other areas, in a rare step to help aid groups and contractors clear explosives from war-ravaged Iraqi cities.



Landmine Removal Projects Worldwide Remain Underfunded
[UN] The United Nations raises the alarm about the funding shortfall for the critical, life-saving projects in the 2017 Portfolio of Mine Action Projects. This annual compendium highlights funding requirements submitted by national mine action authorities and United Nations practitioners for activities to protect civilians from landmines, cluster munitions and improvised explosive devices.

David Pratt: Landmines and IEDs Have Left a Horrific Legacy with Capacity to Kill and Maim at Random
[Herald Scotland] I found myself at Westminster earlier this week in a room full of bomb disposal experts. As keynote speaker, I was there to address the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Explosive Threats about what I’d witnessed recently in northern Iraq.

The Treaty Turns 20!
[ICBL] On 18 September 1997, nations from around the world came together in Oslo to adopt the Mine Ban Treaty. Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the treaty!

The Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty Turns 20
[Handicap International] Two decades ago, the adoption of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty marked an unprecedented diplomatic victory against these cowardly weapons. The treaty led to a fall in casualty numbers, the destruction of millions of mines, and a virtual end to their use. Since 2014, however, the use of mines has increased in many current conflicts, with a resulting rise in casualty numbers. 

Preventing Suffering Through ‘Humanitarian Disarmament’
[Human Rights Watch] On this day 20 years ago, I was in Oslo with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), watching as countries formally adopted the hard-fought treaty prohibiting antipersonnel landmines. These weapons injure or kill their victims long after wars have past.


Disclaimer: The clippings below are selected world media articles for the information of UN personnel. The inclusion of articles does not imply endorsement by the UN.