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Central African Republic

Risk Education in a School in Bangui. Photo: UNMAS CAR

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ABOUT

Large quantities of weapons, obsolete ammunition, explosive remnants of war (ERW) are continuously circulating in the country. Poor storage conditions, non-existent ammunition and weapons management and a lack of physical security place civilians and local infrastructure at risk. UNMAS deployed to CAR in January 2014. Shortly thereafter, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2149 (2014), establishing the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which assigned UNMAS the task of restoring a safer humanitarian environment. Mandate was renewed under resolution 2387 (2017).

ACTIVITIES

To support the MINUSCA’s mandate working under the pillar of the Protection of Civilians, UNMAS performs the following tasks:

FUNDING

UNMAS CAR is currently funded by the MINUSCA assessed budget until June 2018. The recent resurgence of conflict in several provinces of CAR increased the need for humanitarian assistance across the country, specifically with regard to weapons and ammunition management to support the deployment of National Defence and Internal Security Forces throughout the country. Therefore, UNMAS is seeking additional funds through the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to extend its humanitarian response.

Updated: March 2018

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IMPACT

In 2017/18 budget year (as of July 1, 2017)

  • 1,232,072 ammunition and explosive items were destroyed.
  • 1006 non-functional weapons were destroyed.
  • 75 members from national forces were trained as armourers.
  • 50,854 beneficiaries received 1,862 risk education sessions on ERW/SALW.

Since the beginning of the programme (2014)

  • Destroyed: 1,595,772 ammunition and 194 tons of commercial explosives.
  • 43 armoury constructions/rehabilitations and 6 temporary mobile kits for the national forces.
  • 6 types of WAM trainings for 209 participants from national and UN forces.
  • 575,860 beneficiaries received 18,031 risk education sessions on ERW/SALW.

 

LINKS

MINUSCA Website