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Central African Republic

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

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Large quantities of weapons, obsolete ammunition, explosive remnants of war (ERW) are continuously circulating in the country. Poor storage conditions, non-existent ammunition 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 2301 (2016).


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


UNMAS Programme in CAR is funded by the MINUSCA’s assessed budget until June 2018. The recent resurgence of conflict in several provinces of CAR increased the need for humanitarian assistance across the country, including for risk awareness and explosive ordnance disposal activities. Therefore, UNMAS is seeking additional funds through the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to extend its humanitarian response.

Updated: August 2017

Programme of:



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

  • 3,774 ammunition and explosive items were destroyed.

  • 9 members from national forces and UNPOL were trained as armourers.

  • 7,019 beneficiaries received 290 risk education sessions on ERW/SALW.


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

  • Destroyed: 367,474 ammunition and 194 tons of commercial explosives.
  • 29 armoury constructions/rehabilitations and 5 temporary mobile kits for the national forces. 

  • 6 types of WAM trainings for 143 participants from national and UN forces.

  • 530,704 beneficiaries received 16,400 risk education sessions on ERW/SALW.