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12 Dec 2017 description
report UNOPS

With funding from Japan, a project is addressing an urgent need to replace the State Emergency Service of Ukraine’s obsolete demining equipment.

"We are very grateful to the Government of Japan and UNOPS for helping us handle demining and saving civilians' lives," said Arsen Avakov, Ukraine's Minister of Interior.

To help increase the efficiency of the country's demining process, the Government of Japan worked with UNOPS to purchase vehicles and ground-penetrating radar detectors, worth more than $200,000.

12 Dec 2017 description


As the conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year in 2018, the humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand due to the compounding effects of widespread violence and the deteriorating economic situation.

10 Dec 2017 description

Baghdad, 10 December 2017 - The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the Directorate of Mine Action (DMA), and the Embassy of Canada to Iraq, celebrated the signing of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention twenty years ago, through a special photo exhibit of photographs from Mosul and beyond showcasing the clearance work undertaken by mine action operators.

10 Dec 2017 description

Tunis, 10 December 2017 - Human Rights Day provides an important moment for reflection and an opportunity to renew calls for action. This year, it also marks the start of a year-long build up to the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a declaration that establishes the equality and dignity of every human being.

Seven decades on, the foundations of a more just world have been laid and the lives of millions have improved. Yet, we also see mounting cruelties and crimes, particularly in conflicts across the world.

10 Dec 2017 description


Geneva / Mogadishu – Armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, a UN report published on Sunday said.

08 Dec 2017 description

This story was originally featured in our April 2017 edition of The Next Step.

Aderito Ismael, HI's head of demining operations in Colombia and former head of demining in Mozambique shares about our operations in Colombia:

Colombia is mountainous. Demining here is complicated. In rural areas, many routes are inaccessible, or even non-existent.

08 Dec 2017 description


  • Intensified SARG aerial and artillery attacks in Eastern Ghouta result in more than 200 civilian deaths

  • Health organizations stress urgent need for improved medical resources amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions

  • Explosive hazard contamination in Ar Raqqah causes multiple returnee casualties

  • Despite insecurity, interagency convoys reach conflict-affected populations


08 Dec 2017 description


  • Humanitarian community responds rapidly to earthquake affected areas of northeastern Iraq.

  • Some 16,500 people displaced locally or to camps in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Ninewa since 26 October military operations.

  • Towns in Hawiga report return of 80 percent of pre-2014 populations.

  • UXO hazard decontamination needed.

  • Humanitarian access constraints in northern Iraq hamper delivery of humanitarian services.

07 Dec 2017 description

Baghdad, 07 December 2017– The Government of Portugal will support explosive hazard management, risk education and capacity enhancement initiatives to address explosive hazards in Iraq, with a contribution of one hundred and fifty thousand Euros (USD 175,000) to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

06 Dec 2017 description
report El Espectador

A partir de enero de 2018, el Grupo Danés de Desminado iniciará los Estudios No Técnicos y el Despeje de minas en el país. Su labor se enfoca en territorios de comunidades indígenas, campesinas y trabajar en parques nacionales naturales.