Queery, a two-year old Labrador and Explosive Detection Dog, and his handler, Purna Khatri Chhetri, search luggage and cargo at the UNMISS Juba Aviation Terminal. Photo: UNMAS/ Martine Perret

UNMAS in South Sudan

South Sudan

UNMAS was first established in 2004, in what is now South Sudan. UNMAS undertakes clearance tasks, both manual and mechanical, of large areas of land and of roads where there is a possibility that landmines are present as well as conducting spot tasks and battle area clearance to remove unexploded ordnance after conflict.

UNMAS further uses explosive detection dogs (EDD) and mine detection dogs (MDD) as part of its operations in South Sudan. EDDs provide an extra layer of security for internally displaced persons (IDPs), humanitarian actors, and United Nations personnel, who reside and work on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases. MDDs assess areas after survey and clearance by metal detectors and ground penetrating radar.

This photo exhibition is the result of a month-long consultancy that was undertaken by Ms. Martine Perret, a professional photographer, in February and March 2017. During this period, she travelled to locations in and around Bentiu and Juba, to document mine action operations as well as the civilians impacted by these operations.

More information on Martine can be found on her website: http://martineperret.photoshelter.com/

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