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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 nearly 39.2 million square meters (approximately 5,494 football pitches) 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 1.24 billion square meters of land back to the people of South Sudan.

In 2018, UNMAS coordinates up to 50 mine action teams with additional Risk Education teams.

UNMAS is an integral component of UNMISS, mandated under Security Council Resolution 2406 (2018), and supports the four core objectives:

ACTIVITIES

FUNDING 

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 2018

Programme of:

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IMPACT

  • Destroyed 4,565,029 explosive devices and small arms ammunition, including 38,595 mines and 955,121 unexploded ordnance (UXO), to make safe: 1,094 water points ensuring communities safe access to water; 221 schools so children could resume education; and 178 clinics to restore vital medical services for conflict-affected communities.
  • Surveyed and cleared 28,748 km of road and provided escort on 9,153 km of road enabling UN and humanitarian partners to deliver life-saving aid, as well as supporting functioning markets and sustainable development.
  • Risk Education ensured that 4,051,586 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 conducting 1,177,828 searches with Explosives Detection Dogs (EDD)

LINKS

IMSMA MONTHLY REPORTS

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NTSG

UNMAS South Sudan

UNMISS website

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PRESS RELEASES

2018

Japan Donates US $1,000,000 to Mine Action in South Sudan

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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