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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 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).

ACTIVITIES

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

FUNDING

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: October 2017

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IMPACT

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

  • 4,804 ammunition and explosive items were destroyed.

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

  • 10,637 beneficiaries received 432 risk education sessions on ERW/SALW.

 

Since the beginning of the programme (2014)

  • Destroyed: 368,505 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.

  • 538,292 beneficiaries received 16,734 risk education sessions on ERW/SALW.


 

LINKS

MINUSCA Website


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