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13 Aug 2011 description

by Boutros Hobeika [ United Nations Mine Action Office, Sudan ]

Sudan’s1 socioeconomic rehabilitation programs help mine/explosive-remnants-of-war survivors and persons with disabilities find work and reintegrate into society, but policies need to be created to ensure that victims are not discriminated against as they seek employment.

30 Jun 2011 description

Background

While Sudan officially entered into a post-war era on January 9, 2005, explosive remnants of war (ERW) continue to maim, kill, obstruct the delivery of humanitarian aid, and impede development and reconstruction. The reported number of landmine/ERW casualties in Southern Sudan totals 4,290; however the actual figure is likely to be much higher. The socio-economic cost of landmines in terms of inhibition of agricultural production, food security, economic activities, and freedom of movement is incalculable.

30 Jun 2011 description

The climate of political insecurity and change in Sudan has affected the resource mobilisation efforts for the North Mine Action Office. So far, UNMAO has been unable to secure any funds to continue its operations in North Sudan post 30 June 2011.

25 Oct 2010 description

The scene of heavy fighting between rival forces during Sudan's civil war, Blue Nile State inherited numerous minefields planted by both sides during the conflict.

The mines have severely hindered local movement, blocking rain-fed agricultural lands, water sources, grazing grounds and commercial routes.

The UN Mine Action Office (UNMAO) began assessing the impact of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERWs) on the state in 2005 in collaboration with the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action.