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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 91,315,430 metres squared are thought to be contaminated by explosive hazards. The full extent of contamination is unknown with large areas of the country requiring survey. Approximately 140 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 socio-economic development. Since its inception in 2004, UNMAS has surveyed, cleared and released 1,177,429,411 square metres of land back to the people of South Sudan. 

In 2016, UNMAS coordinated up to 62 mine action teams including 7 mechanical assets and additional Risk Education teams.

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

ACTIVITIES

FUNDING 

UNMAS 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 March 2017

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IMPACT

  • Destroyed 3,951,087 explosive devices including 36,988 mines and 902,360 unexploded ordnance (UXO) to making safe: 741 boreholes enabling communities to have access to water; 118 schools so children could resume education and  133 clinics to restore vital medical services for conflict affected communities.
  • Opened 27,573 kilometres of road through route assessment and clearance, enabling humanitarian partners to deliver lifesaving aid supplies while also supporting market functions and sustainable development.
  • Risk Education ensured that 3,219,228 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 People (IDPs) by searching 33,595 vehicles, 114,179 people, 600 areas and 1,562 buildings with Explosive Detection Dogs (EDD).

 

LINKS

IMSMA MONTHLY REPORTS

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UNMAS South Sudan

UNMISS website

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PRESS RELEASES

2017

Media Advisory: Launch of Mine Action Photo Exhibition and Risk Education Music Video

Japan Donates US $906,000 to Mine Action in South Sudan

Media Advisory: Risk Education Competition 

2016

Japan donates US $2.3 million to Mine Action in South Sudan


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