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There are approximately 110 million active mines in the world — one for every 17 children or for every 52 adults. Friday is the International Day of Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action.

Share this to spread the word and help realize a world with no more mines at www.unmas.org

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Some children have recurring nightmares and constant anxiety, others suffer from insomnia and low self-esteem, and find it hard to interact with their peers. Other children, wounded by landmines, have had limbs amputated or are blind.

These are the mental and physical scars inflicted on children during Colombia’s 50-year-old war, according to a joint study released earlier this month by Colombia’s child protection agency (ICBF), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF).

Decades of fighting between the government, leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups have killed at least 220,000 people and forced about 5 million Colombians, half of them children, to leave their homes, according to government figures.

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A United Nations team of ammunition specialists is offering technical advice to local authorities on the recovery work and is assessing the state of an Ammunition Storage Area at Brak Al-Chati in southern Libya where an explosion on 28 November killed over 40 people and injured many others.

The team from the United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS) was dispatched to the area near the main southern Libyan city of Sabha following the tragic incident to assess the situation and offer assistance to the local authorities. The United Nations also placed three Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams on standby to start clearing the perimeters of the site explosion if required by the local authorities.

In addition to the technical advice on the safe handling of ammunition and recovery work after the explosion, the UN team of experts at the site is also assessing to determine if more bunkers are at risk after looting. Several days after the explosion, Libyan Civil Defence teams were still working at the site clearing the debris and looking for bodies of victims. 

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The Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva, in collaboration with UN Mine Action Services, have created and released “Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War,” a new research guide. The guide provides a single platform to discover many forms of information on landmines and explosive remnants of war including:

Those interested in the General Assembly’s consideration of the 4th Committee’s recently-submitted draft resolution on landmines are encouraged to use this guide their advantage.

This application is designed to complement the Landmine and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Safety Handbook, produced by the United Nations.

Its ultimate aim is to provide general landmine and ERW awareness and safety information to organisations and individuals working in the vicinity of areas affected by these devices in order to minimise the risk of accidents.

This application allows users to register with UNMAS their ownership of this app. On completing the various training sections users are able to undergo the Landmine & ERW Safety Brief Test. On successfully passing the test individuals will be issued the UNMAS Landmine & ERW Safety Brief certificate.

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It’s an uphill task and absence of peace with armed rebels means more mines may be laid in Colombia’s vulnerable regions as international aid tries to demine areas affected by decades of conflict.


BOGOTA, April 25 (UPI) — It’s an uphill task and absence of peace with armed rebels means more mines may be laid in Colombia’s vulnerable regions as international aid tries to de-mine areas affected by decades of conflict.

This month the United Nations and the Organization of American States pledged more funds to a seemingly never-ending operation that has absorbed resources that could have gone into Colombia’s chronic poverty reduction programs.

OAS and U.N. representatives signed an agreement that hopes to push forward a now-on and now-off campaign to rid Colombia of tens of thousands of mines.

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Britain and France have written separately to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations that there is credible information suggesting Syria’s government has used chemical weapons in the civil war on multiple occasions since last December, diplomats said Thursday.

The diplomats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there had been an exchange of letters with the secretary general starting on March 25 about the information, which they would not reveal in detail. They spoke a day after Mr. Ban said that Syria had still not given a United Nations forensics team permission to enter the country, despite Syria’s own request last month for an investigation into its claim that insurgents had used chemical weapons in the war.

The assertions by Britain and France are stronger than that of the United States, which has said that it is assessing claims of chemical weapons use in Syria, but has not come to any conclusions. President Obama has said the use of such weapons in the war would constitute a “game changer” that could lead to an American military response.

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Nearly one million Iraqi children are affected by the presence of landmines with hundreds having been maimed or killed by exploded cluster bomblets since 1991, a UN statement acknowledged.


A statement issued by the United Nations mission to Iraq on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action calls for more progress to eliminate the threat of landmines to the people of Iraq.

“It is tragic and unacceptable that children continue to have their lives forever damaged by the presence of landmines,” stated Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF’s Representative to Iraq. Nearly one million Iraqi children are affected by the presence of landmines with hundreds having been maimed or killed by exploded cluster bomblets since 1991, a UN statement acknowledged.

“With determined effort, all landmines and unexploded ordinance in Iraq can be eradicated; we call on all actors – the Government of Iraq, international community and private sector – to coordinate to permanently eliminate this threat from the lives of Iraqi children and their families.”

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