Sudan

FSD mobilizes mechanical demining equipment to clear roads for World Food Programme in South Sudan

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During the current month, all mechanical equipment will arrive into the operational area and full mechanical operations will start shortly after.

This involves one Scanjack (a 30 ton heavy flail), 4 Dok-Ing MV-4 (mini-flails), 8 CASSPIRs (mine protected vehicle),4 armoured Komatsu loaders, and Samil-100 mine protected trucks.

The project consists of four clearance teams, comprising both mechanical clearance and manual clearance assets. Currently, this FSD project employs 16 international expert and 190 national staff.

The aim of the programme is to clear supply corridors so that aid can be delivered safely and cheapy by road instead of expensive air lifts.

The FSD started work on this project in September 2004. After the initial mobilization of equipment and conduct of recruitment and training of the national staff, operations commenced in late January 2005 with a first team in the vicinity of Kapoeta, on the eastern bank of the Nile river with the intention of clearing the dangerous areas through towards Juba on the western bank of the Nile.

In mid March 2005, a further two teams completed their training and began work along the main supply route from Yei heading north to Juba.

It is planned to commence the training of a fourth clearance team in Juba. On completion of this training Team 4 will start operations from Juba heading east towards Kapoeta to link with Team 1 in the vicinity of Torit.

This will then allow the rehabilitation of the main supply route from Kapoeta through to Juba to be completed.

Funding for the project is provided through WFP with the USA, UK, Norway, Netherlands, Canada and Switzerland as major donors.

For further information, contact:

Anthony Connell, FSD Programme Manager, anthony.connell@fsd.ch
Hansjörg Eberle, FSD Director General, heb@fsd.ch