Joint Mine Action Coordination Team – Weekly Report, 05 December 2011

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UN Humanitarian Coordinator Visits Mine Action Work in Misratah

The UN Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Georg Charpentier has called for more funding to face the threats posed to the local population by explosive remnants of war (ERW), following his visits to a battle area clearance site and an ammunition storage area located near Misratah as well as to a local exhibition featuring interactive Risk Education (RE) presentations from two partner NGOs.

Mine action partners are working across the country to locate, remove and destroy ERW resulting from the recent conflict. To date, clearance teams have safely cleared a total of 77,943 items of unexploded ordnance, and conducted mine risk education for more than 26,423 beneficiaries since operations began in April. However, this is just a fraction of the total contamination and the key challenge remains the capacity of organizations to scale up and respond quickly due to lack of adequate funding.