New York, US (PANA) - The joint UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said on Thursday that it was using puppets to raise awareness among local school children on the dangers of interacting with unexploded ordnance (UXO).
A UNAMID update, made available to PANA in New York, said ``During a two-day workshop that concluded on Thursday, staff with UNAMID’s ordnance disposal office taught puppetry
skills to the local non-governmental organization (NGO) Friends of Peace and Development''.
It said ``the NGO staff will then deliver messages about UXO awareness to pupils in a child-friendly way''.
It disclosed that the workshop, held in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, culminated
in a supervised class at a local school run by staff from the NGO.
The update noted that UNAMID had been running awareness projects about UXO since 2008,
but the latest workshop follows a series of recent accidents involving children playing with
``In the worst such incident, three children were killed and five others were injured after playing with UXO in Al Tawisha on 31 August,'' it recalled.
PANA learnt that UXO remains a serious problem in Darfur, with many areas of the remote region littered with ordnance as a result of the protracted conflict between rebels, Sudanese government forces and allied militiamen.
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