Unexploded Ordnance: UN steps up education for Darfurian children

New York, US (PANA) - The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is holding a public awareness campaign this week about the risks posed by unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the wake of the recent deaths of two children who had been playing with ordnance.

A UNAMID statement on Wednesday said three other children sustained serious injuries, one lost a hand and an eye in the accident, which occurred 31 August in the town of Al Tawisha in North Darfur state.

It stated: "Working with Friend of Peace and Development Organization, a local non-governmental organization (NGO), staff from UNAMID’s ordnance disposal office will conduct risk education for the local community later this week and carry out an assessment of the area where the accident occurred."

The mission said that, "UXO remains a serious problem in Darfur, littering the landscape as a result of the protracted conflict between rebels, Sudanese government forces and allied militiamen."

The statement disclosed that last, month a 14-year-old girl from a village in South Darfur had to have her right hand amputated and suffered wounds to her neck and face as a result of a UXO.

It also added that, on Tuesday, UNAMID ordnance disposal staff visited the village of Sehjanna in North Darfur to clear it of any UXO and educate local inhabitants about the risks.
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07 september 2011 16:47:55

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