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UNITED NATIONS MINE ACTION SERVICE (UNMAS)

Who we are

 

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations that works to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions, by collaborating with 14 other UN agencies.  

 

 

Why we are here

 
 

Mine action is vital, as all 10 South Sudanese states are impacted by mines and ERW. While most existing, known hazards derive from the two Sudan civil wars prior to independence, the recent crisis has created additional ones. There have been five known anti-tank mine incidents in Unity State since the crisis. New contamination is a significant threat to more than 983,000 internally displaced people, local communities, peacekeepers, and humanitarian aid workers.

As a result of the current situation, UNMAS assistance has become increasingly critical to enable the life-saving work of UNMISS and its humanitarian partners, and remove explosive hazards from communities.

 

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