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Post-Conflict Recovery Week: Demining Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Humanitarian Demining Training Center teaches James Madison University students about removing explosives from the ground through a landmine-clearance demonstration.

They also let students try on the personal protective equipment worn by deminers in the field and practice probing for mines.

Mozambique could be free of anti-personnel land mines by the end of this year, according to the head of operations of the National Demining Institute (IND), Antonio Martins.

Speaking at a Maputo seminar, intended to draw up plans for assisting land mine victims, Martins said that in 2013, 592 areas suspected of containing land mines, and covering a total area of 9.33 million square metres, were demined.

That still leaves another 500 areas suspected of contamination in 19 districts. “A total of 5.6 million square metres needs to be demined”, said Martins, estimating the budget for this at 17 million US dollars. One of the main challenges, he added, is demining the border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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The Turkish authorities have decided to demine border areas in the east. Three-quarters of the cost of demining is to be covered by the European Union, the Turkish newspaper Aksam reports.

Clearing border territories is already held jointly by the Interior Ministry and the Turkish General Staff. A territory of 11 million 665 thousand 641 square meters will be cleared. The mine fence will be replaced by a modern warning system, and any cases of illegal border crossings will be cut short by 26 observation cars, Turan reports.

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Where in the world is your JACard? 
JMU alumni Katie Stolp (‘13) and Geary Cox (‘06, ‘08M) at the United Nations in New York. The pair represented the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) at multilateral talks on securing weapons in northern Africa. Stolp is serving as the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow for Humanitarian Demining at PM/WRA; Cox is Program Manager for conventional weapons-destruction programs in Near East Asia.

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JMU alumni Katie Stolp (‘13) and Geary Cox (‘06, ‘08M) at the United Nations in New York. The pair represented the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) at multilateral talks on securing weapons in northern Africa. Stolp is serving as the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow for Humanitarian Demining at PM/WRA; Cox is Program Manager for conventional weapons-destruction programs in Near East Asia.

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Do you have a new or improved method of demining? Have you recently tested a new technology for use in mine or ERW clearance? 
The Journal of ERW and Mine Action is accepting articles for its peer reviewed Research & Development section. All technical/scientific articles on new technologies or methodologies for mine and ERW detection and clearance will be considered for publication.
 
R&D submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words. Images, graphics, charts and figures should accompany submissions as needed.
 
Hurry! The deadline for submissions for our summer issue is 15 February. R&D articles for future issues are also accepted on a rolling basis, so please do not let the deadline stop you from submitting your article. 
Send your submissions to cisreditor@gmail.com.
 
Read the full call for R&D articles here: http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/_pages/journal/cfps/rd-cfp.pdf.  View past R&D articles online at http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/journal/past-issues.shtml.
 
As always, thank you for your work and support!
 
Sincerely,
The Journal Team 
Rachael Tayanovskaya
Technical and Content Editor

Documentary: “Picking Up the Pieces”


Clearing the thousands of mines left in the war-torn villages of Sri-Lanka is a dangerous and demanding job for those that have been assigned with the responsibility of doing it.

The all-female de-mining team of Sri Lanka’s northern Mannar district struggles in the blazing heat to navigate the hazardous task at hand and systematically clear the villages of all the traces of war that remain in a place long after the conflict itself has passed.

Following the women we witness the excitement and fear each time a mine is found and get to see how many of the women take the job to support their families, due to the cruel brunt of war leaving them as the sole breadwinners.

They clear the villages of landmines not simply because it is their job, but because they are are all personally involved, each with their own losses and tales of hardship and are keen to finish the job so that people can move back home from refugee camps and begin to live in peace again.

 

Mine clearance in Husan

An international humanitarian organization Roots of Peace has started a project of demining the fields of Bethlehem. They began with Husan village and removed landmines from a field where five children have died.

There are still around 1,5 million landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) within and surrounding Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank - mostly very poorly marked or fenced. Majority of the victims are children. (Roots of Peace)