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Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 14:29
At least six million people across the country are at risk of land mines and other explosive remnants of war, according to a recent report by United Nations Mine Action Service or UNMAS in South Sudan.
 
Tim Lardner, the UNMAS Chief, says decades of conflict have left some 90 million square meters of land contaminated by explosive hazards, especially in the Upper Nile and Equatoria regions.
 
He points out that, explosive remnants of war affect the movement of citizens, including those forced to flee ongoing fighting.
 
Lardner explains that out of South Sudan’s estimated population of 12 million, nearly half of them are living in or around explosive hazards.
 
The UNMAS Chief reveals that since 2004 they have recorded nearly five thousand casualties of land mines and other unexploded ordinance.
 
This year, he says UNMAS has recorded forty casualties and heist happen in May.
 
According to the recent publication issued by UNMAS team in Juba, more than 28 thousand kilometers of road across the country have been cleared since 2004.
 
This is to ease the delivery of humanitarian aid and allow communities access services.
 
Lardner calls on the warring parties to stop fighting so UNMAS can clear land mines and ensure the safe movement of civilians.
 
The UNMAS Chief urges communities to avoid touching any suspicious objects and report it to the authorities immediately.
 

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