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Landmines threaten people of Unity state

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 4, 2013 (BENTIU) - A unexploded ordinance has been discovered in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, by the Dennis De-mining Group just 300 meters away from the office of the state run radio station Bentiu FM 99.

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Cons Wani, an employee of the Danish Demining Group, clears mud from a rocket propelled grenade that landed in Bentiu town during the Sudanese civil war, March 4, 2013 (ST)

The device - a 120 cm long rocket propelled grenade - was discovered on Saturday and was deactivated on Monday by a team from the Danish Demining Group who work with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

One of the legacies of the two decade civil war that led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011 has been a high number of unexploded ordinance (UXOs) still present across the young nation.

In Unity state, Mayom County is the most affected by UXOs due to conflicts between rebels - which Juba says are backed by neighbouring Sudan - and the South Sudanese army (SPLA). Last year, authorities said that a ten-year-old child stepped on a land mine in Ruathnyibol, Mayom county, while looking after cattle resulting in him loosing one of his legs.

In November last year three boys were injured and an 11-year-old boy was killed when they were playing with a rocket-propelled grenade in Nyueypiw.

Insecurity is a major problem for de-mining groups as illustrated in April last year when a de-mining group were arrested by the Sudanese Armed Forces in the disputed Heglig border area.

Cons Wani, who led the team deactivating the device in Bentiu, said that de-mining teams in South Sudan face many challenges, with some communities even demand money from de-mining groups when they operate in their area.

Landmines remain a major problem across South Sudan, which has a large number of amputees both from the civil war and people who have been injured since the 2005 peace deal. Some areas of the new nation still do not have access to mine risk education.

(ST)

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  • 5 March 2013 05:29, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Let not try to blame Arabs. Nuer rebels of Gatdet Yak, Matiip Nhial, Riek Machar, Doumaikel, Galuak Gai, and many other extremist Nuer are the people who should be blame of that cause of the landmine being found under the ground. What goes around come around. Keep rebelling you Nuer people.
    By Augustino Deng.Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 5 March 2013 06:51, by Nuer Empire

      Augustino Deng:There is not surprise that your Nuerphobia is disturbing your mind in the morning.You are the dumbest guy here with lot of confusions.Today you don’t like Kiir and tomorrow Nuer!! What a creature you are!! What about Dinka who are Generals who are even still with SAF terrorising to destroy ABYEI?
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 5 March 2013 07:00, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Nuer Empire,
        I am a man who stand for the truth. Truth matter to me a lot. It is true that I don’t like someone who don’t know what he is doing. Salva Kiir Miyardit is my leader, but I have right to tell him that he is doing nothing. I cannot appreciate what he is doing. David Yauyau is doing nothing too. How can I stand with someone killed another one for food? David Yauyau need food.

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      • 5 March 2013 10:06, by julia

        Nuer food empire.
        U mean Riek was not a rebell leader,but a nyigat leader.thank u for accepting the fact.

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        • 5 March 2013 14:51, by Nuer Empire

          Julia:Garang was also Nyagat from different factions.Your educators will defecate of your teachings for so many years.You don’t speak properly in English.
          The Nuer Empire

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    • 5 March 2013 07:41, by Nuer Empire

      Riek was not a rebel if u don’t speak in English properly.From 90s to July 8 2011,if any one didn’t like SPLM that is not a rebel.From July 9 onward like Yau Yau and the rest they are rebels who rebel against SPLM led government.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 5 March 2013 08:35, by Nuer Empire

        This web is full of dumb and mads

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  • 5 March 2013 07:24, by John N

    Augustino Deng or Abdalla Deng
    the Nuer people are not the cause of landmine or any problem which happening in any part of this country.
    yes those you have mentioning their name are the leaders from western upper nile, but they did not planing to kill their people like what have done by those of Dinka who are alway killing their people because of cows and leadership.
    Hon.Deng Nhial was killed

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    • 5 March 2013 08:14, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      John N,
      Can you go back to the "blue"?
      Who put the landmine in that place?
      Deng Nhial died for sure, but because of the land.

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  • 5 March 2013 07:49, by master

    demanding money for what?
    i said these people don’t know whom want to help them and whom want to hurt them
    really pathatic

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  • 5 March 2013 12:47, by Jojo

    Land Mines or unexploded ordinances were planted by both Arabs (SAF) and SPLA; now when those greedy rebellious gluts came up, they too planted those dangerous items.
    Let us no blame each other at this point, but work harder to support the Deminers to carry their job for us and our children to leave in Peace.

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  • 5 March 2013 13:58, by Pojulu Prince

    Dear All brothers.
    What we have seen today here is not showing that we are people with dignity. we are all looking like an animals that segregate each other. Please and please during the war there a thousand of Explosive remnant of war left in this Country. now it is our responsibility to act not to be against each other or against our leaders. Leaders always are not people choice.

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