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Event for the International Day For Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, under the theme “More Than Mines”.
This day aims to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication, and is a day that reminds us of the devastating effects of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). The annual commemoration also provides an opportunity to renew our commitment to a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war.
The theme for 2015 is “More than Mines”, signifying that mine action includes activities to address an increasingly wide range of explosive hazards, weapons and ammunition, risk education, and victim assistance. Mine action makes it possible for peacekeepers to carry out patrols, for humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance, and for ordinary citizens to live without the fear that a single misstep could cost them their lives.
Held at the Nyakuron Cultural Center in Juba, the South Sudan event was organized by the National Mine Action Authority in partnership with UNMAS and mine action organizations.
Pictured here, the Chairperson for the National Mine Action Authority, Jurkuch Barach Jurkuch, makes an opening speech.