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South Sudan

in collaboration with the National Mine Action Authority, UNMAS hosted a Risk Education competition "Risk Factor" in Juba.UNMAS/Martine Perret

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Decades of conflict, still ongoing, have littered vast swathes of land with explosive hazards and 90 million square meters are thought to be contaminated by such hazards. The full extent of contamination is unknown with large areas of the country requiring survey. Approximately 150 previously unknown hazardous areas are discovered each month. In addition to the threats posed to the safety of conflict-affected communities, explosive hazards prevent the safe movement of the population including those who must flee active conflict. Explosive hazards preclude the delivery of humanitarian aid and inhibit socioeconomic development. Since its inception in 2004, UNMAS has surveyed, cleared and released 1,185 million square meters of land back to the people of South Sudan.

In 2017, UNMAS coordinates up to 35 mine action teams with additional Risk Education teams.

UNMAS is an integral component of UNMISS, mandated under Security Council Resolution 2327 (2016), and supports the four core objectives:



UNMAS Programme in South Sudan mainly receives funding from the UN Peacekeeping Assessed Budget, in addition to funding from the Government of Japan through the Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF) for Mine Action.

Updated October 2017

Programme of:



  • Destroyed 4,260,615 explosive devices including 37,505 mines and 927,407 unexploded ordnance (UXO) to make safe: 953 water points ensuring communities safe access to water; 171 schools so children could resume education; and 143 clinics to restore vital medical services for conflict-affected communities.
  • Opened 28,263 km of road through route assessment and clearance, enabling humanitarian partners to deliver life-saving aid, while also supporting functioning markets and sustainable development.
  • Risk Education ensured that 3,421,096 people can recognize and report explosive hazards. After the July 2016 fighting in Juba, following a Risk Education campaign, UNMAS received more than 40 reports a day.
  • Secured key UN sites including those providing protection to internally displaced persons (IDPs) by searching 72,387 vehicles, 175,107 bags, 600 areas and 1,618 buildings with Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD).




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