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Today's Mine Action News (2nd August 2017)


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Bissau Clinic Helps Amputee Plan New Life as Rapper-DJ
[African Independent] Senegalese rapper and DJ Louis Bernard Diedhiou was a teenager on the day in 2001 when his love of megastar musician Youssou N’Dour nearly killed him. Hailing from Casamance, a southern region of Senegal that has suffered on-off conflict for more than three decades, Diedhiou was shaking branches for mangoes to sell so he could buy a concert ticket when he stepped on a mine.

Benghazi Mother and Daughters Hurt by Busnaib Landmine
[Libya Herald] A mother and her two daughters suffered injuries to their eyes, face and body when the debris from a landmine explosion hit them in Benghazi’s Busnaib area.

Bridging the Gap in Victim Assistance
[UNSMIL] On 27 and 28 July, Libyan authorities and civil society organisations, UN entities and other stakeholders have gathered to discuss gaps and opportunities in victim assistance (VA) during the Workshop on Victim Assistance in the Context of Landmines, Cluster Munitions and Other Explosive Remnants of War in Libya. 

Somalia: Two Wounded in Landmine Explosion in Mogadishu
[Garowe] At least two civilians were wounded in a powerful landmine explosion in the Somali capital Mogadishu early on Saturday morning, Garowe Online reports.


Cambodia Sees Its First Month Without Mine, UXO Victims
[Cambodia Daily] Deaths and injuries from old landmines and unexploded ordnance over the first six months of the year fell nearly 60 percent compared to the first half of last year, and included one month with no recorded casualties at all for the first time in memory.

Boy Fisherman Lands Ammunition Catch
[Krmer Times] Nearly 1,000 AK-47 bullets were found in Battambang province’s Ek Phnom district when a boy went to fish in a canal and found the box of ammunition and nine magazines at the water’s edge.

Iraqi Deminers Finish Training Visit, Colombians on the Way
[Cambodia Daily] A team of deminers from Iraq wrapped up a three-week training mission to Cambodia on Saturday, with another group from Colombia set to arrive next week.

IED Blast Kills Three Civilians, Wounds Seven Others in Western Mosul
[Iraqi News] Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Three civilians were killed on Sunday as an IED blast occurred in the western flank of Mosul City, a security source said on Sunday.

Amid Ceasefire, Rescuers Clear Unexploded Bombs in Syria's Deraa
[Daily News /Reruters] With relative calm in southwest Syria since a ceasefire was reached in early July, civil defense services in rebel-held Deraa have shifted focus to clearing unexploded cluster bombs left by air strikes.


New Technology Could Make Landmine Detection in Peat Soils Easier and Cheaper
Imperial College London]  The Hazelab research group at Imperial is working on a novel technology that uses controlled combustion to expose landmines buried in peat.


The Convention on Cluster Munitions Turns 7!
[Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor] The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) and its members from around the world are celebrating on 1 August the seventh anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions’ entry into force, and taking action to call on states to remain committed to supporting its universalization and full implementation until the world is free from the plague of cluster munitions.

Mine Action in the Era of the SDGs and Sustaining Peace
[Stockholm International Peace Research Institute] he impact of mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) on security and development came to be widely recognised in the late 1980s.

Freeing Space for Sustainable Development: Mine Action and the 2030 Agenda
[UNDP] Today, more than 65 countries are reported as being affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.  According to the Landmine and Cluster Monitor Reports, there were over 6,000 causalities in 2016 attributable to the legacies of past conflicts in countries such as Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Cambodia, and current wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. 


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