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Today's Mine Action News (15th November 2017)

Posted on November, 15 2017

AFRICA

South Sudan

UNMAS Celebrates 20 years of Mine Action Service, Takes Stock of Achievements and Setbacks

[Radio Miraya] On Saturday November 04th, the UN Mine Action Service - UNMAS celebrates 20 years of existence. In South Sudan, the #UNMAS is an integral part of the UN mission in the country, assisting the mission to implement its mandate to protect civilians, monitor and report human rights and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Landmines Threaten Civilians in South Sudan

[Al Jazeera] Landmines and unexploded bombs are still being discovered in residential and farming areas in South Sudan.

South Sudan in Focus

[VOA] President Salva Kiir orders the removal of all roadblocks to allow humanitarian aid workers access to South Sudanese people in need; a new report shows at least six million South Sudanese are at risk of exposure to explosives in contaminated areas; and the Bor municipality mayor is told to revoke a recent order in which he sold public land to government officials.

Six Million People at Risk of Landmines in South Sudan, UNMAS Says

[CRN] At least six million people across the country are at risk of land mines and other explosive remnants of war, according to a recent report by United Nations Mine Action Service or UNMAS in South Sudan.

Sudan

Five Darfur Children Injured in Grenade Blast

[Dabanga] Five children were injured, some of them seriously, when a grenade they found at Sham El Naseem district in Nyala on Tuesday detonated.

 

AMERICAS

Colombia

Colombian minefield: urgent need to free country of mines

[HI] Since 1990, mines have caused more than 11,100 casualties in Colombia. Pauline Boyer, mine action coordinator for Handicap International (HI) in Colombia, explains the urgent need to free the country of mines.

Digging Up Land Mines: 'If You Say You're Not Afraid, You're Lying'

[NPR] Kevin Canas Quitumbo was 13 years old when shrapnel from a land mine ripped through his left leg, up his torso and all the way to the back of his skull. That was five years ago. His doctors are still working to repair the damage.

USA

Veteran who lost both legs completes 31 marathons in 31 days, runners trailing his every step

[Washington Post] Marine Corps veteran Rob Jones wanted to change the narrative of the broken-down, wounded veteran struggling to transition to civilian life. So for the past 31 days, he kept running.

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Afghan Returnees Face increased Risk from Mines and Explosive Remnants of War

[DDG] Undocumented returnees and refugees returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries face an increased risk of harm from mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). The current influx of returnees has meant a shift in focus for the Danish Demining Group’s (DDG) Risk Education programme in Afghanistan.

Iraq

The Government of Germany continues to support the clearance of explosive hazards in the newly retaken areas of Iraq

[UNMAS Iraq] UNMAS welcomes a renewed contribution of EUR 7 million from the Government of Germany for survey and clearance of explosive hazards, including improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war, in Iraq.

Syria

Syria is Rigged with Explosives, and Women are Being Recruited to De-mine it

[Albawada] During its retreat from its de facto capital of Raqqa in October and from other areas, ISIS filled houses, buildings, and roads with homemade explosives. Meanwhile, the Syrian government and Russian-backed forces dropped thousands upon thousands of explosives across the country during aerial bombardments, and unexploded cluster bombs and other ordnance now litter villages and towns.

 

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