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Japan donates US $1m for mine action in South Sudan

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March 28, 2018 (JUBA) - The Government of Japan has contributed $1 million for the mine action project dubbed “Enhancing the Humanitarian Mine Action Programme in South Sudan”.

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Sign warning drivers in South Sudan to stay on the road or they might encounter land mines (Photo minefields.com)

Over the past six years, Japan has contributed over US $14 million to mine action operations in South Sudan, enabling the clearance of 3,034,713 sqm of land, the removal of 20,180 explosive hazards and the delivery of Mine Risk Education to 140,800 people, including 91,144 children.

Decades of civil war and continued conflict has littered vast areas of South Sudan with explosive hazards. Despite the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities signed by the Government of South Sudan and opposition parties in December 2017, armed violence and clashes have continued throughout the country.

The continued use of explosive weapons, such as rockets, grenades and mortars, has hindered the safe movement of the civilian population as well as the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance.

An estimated 6.3 million people in South Sudan – half the population – now live in counties where their safety is threatened by the presence of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW).

While approximately 150 new hazardous areas are discovered every month, the full extent of contamination is unknown with large areas of the country requiring survey.

Continued funding from Japan will reportedly support four Field Assessment Teams (FATs) to mitigate the impact of explosive hazards, through survey and clearance as well as the provision of Mine Risk Education for conflict-affected populations.

The teams will provide national coverage from their bases in Bentiu, Bor, Malakal, and Wau to facilitate response in areas prioritized by humanitarian and development partners.

In South Sudan, mine action is a critical enabler of humanitarian aid, a key driver of socioeconomic development, and a strong promoter of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The Government of Japan is committed to providing humanitarian, capacity building and development assistance to South Sudanese people. The US $1,000,000 assistance announced recently is part of the US $34 million assistance package to South Sudan,” the Japanese envoy to South Sudan, Seiji Okada said in a statement.

He added, “We trust UNMAS, together with its partners, will continue its important work of clearing land for people to go back to that land, so that they can engage in livelihood activities such as agriculture.”

The UNMAS South Sudan programme director, Tim Lardner, UNMAS lauded the Japanese government for its financial support.

“We admire Japan’s strong initiative and vital support for global mine action activities and for UNMAS. The Japanese people’s US $9.3 million donations to UNMAS for this year will benefit mine action programmes in six countries, including Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Sudan, Syria as well as South Sudan,” he said.

Japan has continued to be a supportive partner in mine action to South Sudan.

Last year, Japan supported risk mitigation of explosive hazards through survey and clearance, as well as risk education, but also maintained an important role in allowing UNMAS to work with government, through Mine Action Authority.

“It is great to have such a steady and reliable partner," stressed Lardner.

(ST)

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  • 29 March 11:31, by Koryom2

    My South Sudanese fools, no country on the face of earth has ever developed with the evil *white American, the UK, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus, their Arab of Arabia in their backyard & some of their creepy allies in between. We are here fellows, if some of you losers have some rubbishes in the so-called *UN-UNIMISS project in our country* then take the hell>>>

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    • 29 March 11:42, by Koryom2

      out of our country, South Africa & Kenya. We are not part of your the so-called ANGLO-AMERICA fools, We are conquering men. We are back fools. Let the Bantus from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Chad, the evil juus, Saudi Arabia, our cloned arabs of North Sudan, the so-called cloned ethiopians & we are going to bomb the evil white people out of Africa once & for all>>>

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      • 29 March 11:48, by Koryom2

        Japanese people remove their mercenaries out of our country, they are going trade with the Dinkas/Monyjiengs of the Sudan just like every other country. But the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs; some of their proxies like *ethiopia, North Sudan & ethiopia* are going to be bombed out of map once & for all. Who really says that we want these vermins>>>

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        • 29 March 11:54, by Koryom2

          in our country? Who really wants the evil white Americans, British people, Arab of Arabia, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, the *Abeshas* of the so-called ethiopia, Bantus, the evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between in ’our Nilotic plains?’ Who really want these vermins in our country & our backyard? None. Fellows, get the hell out of our country; we are going to bomb you>>

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  • 29 March 13:24, by Theallseeingeye

    Kuch
    what happened to you account credentials "Kuch" & "Koryom"? did ST suspended/deactivated them because of your stupidity and filling the commenting space with repetitive empty, senseless, worthless rubbish that you keep pumping every now an then?

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