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SOUTH SUDAN / MINE ACTION ADVANCER MINE CLEARING

The UN Mine Action agency (UNMAS) recently sent teams toUpperNileStateinSouth Sudanto help clear a new location which has been ear-marked as a Protection of Civilian (POC) site. These locations currently have 22,800 civilians seeking protection. Mine Action Awareness Day is 4 April. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MINE ACTION ADVANCER MINE CLEARING
TRT: 02:48
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT, MARCH 2014, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

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1.Wide shot, mine team walks in the field
2.Wide shot, mine detector checks a spot
3.Wide shot, demarcated new Protection of Civilian site, east of Malakal town
4.Wide shot, mine team checking spots
5.Med Shot, checking with detector
6.Wide shot, protection armored truck
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Dlencowe, UNMAS Officer in Malakal:
“The western side of the IDP camp has been searched, there is no threats from ERWs (Explosive Remnants of War), exposer remnants of war or UXO, Unexploded Ordinance in that area. What we have found so far were three machetes and may a half dozen spend cartridges, small arms and that is all we have found of course metal but we have found no UXOs or ERWs.”
8.Wide shot, mine team searching
9.Close up, mine detector search
10.Wide shot, mine team search
11.Wide shot, clearance at the edge of the town
12.Med Shot, team searching
13.SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Dlencowe, UNMAS Officer in Malakal:
“This area had been cleared previously and what we did this time was we confirmed because of the recent troubles, we confirmed that there was no UXOs, nothing new has been added to the area , so we confirmed that there has been no new UXOs or ERWs in that area that we have searched so far.”
14.Wide shot, mine team using a Global positioning System (GPS) tracking device
15.Med Shot, searching GPS
16.Close up, tracking device
17.Close up, GPS reading
18.Wide shot, UNMAS cars in field
19.SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Dlencowe, UNMAS Officer in Malakal:
“We have an office established here in Malakal and we have staff members that are ready to take information if somebody finds something suspicious that they do not know what it is, they can ready identify as a pop cane, so what they should do is contact police, the Police will then contact the UN, the UN will then contact our office here in Malakal and we will do something about we will go and investigate, determined.”
20.Wide shot, UNMISS engineers working at the new camp site

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The United Nations Mine Action (UNMAS) recently sent teams to Upper Nile State in South Sudan to help clear a new location which has been ear-marked as a Protection of Civilian (POC) site.

At the request of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), UNMAS sent teams to clear the new POC area, which is located east of Malakal town.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Dlencowe, UNMAS Officer in Malakal:
“The western side of the IDP camp has been searched, there is no threats from ERWs (Explosive Remnants of War), exposer remnants of war or UXO, unexploded Ordinance in that area. What we have found so far were three machetes and may a half dozen spend cartridges, small arms and that is all we have found of course metal but we have found no UXOs or ERWs.”

POC locations in Upper Nile currently have 22,800 civilians seeking protection.

In order to better accommodate the high number of internally displaced people (IDPs), UNMISS ear-marked a location, which prior to construction, required UNMAS to survey and clear.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Dlencowe, UNMAS Officer in Malakal:
“This area had been cleared previously and what we did this time was we confirmed because of the recent troubles, we confirmed that there was no UXOs, nothing new has been added to the area , so we confirmed that there has been no new UXOs or ERWs in that area that we have searched so far.”

As part of an emergency task team, due to the ongoing security constraints, UNMAS presence was needed. In mid-March UNMAS provided assistance both inside the UNMISS camp and outside, following two detonations 150-200 m from the UNMISS base.

An increased number of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other explosives since conflict broke out in the country in mid-December 2013 threaten the lives of civilians and limits safe delivery of humanitarian aid.

Two areas for UN Humanitarian Agencies also requested the assistance of UNMAS. The areas which comprised a total of 360.562 sqm, were successfully cleared by the end of February.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Dlencowe, UNMAS Officer in Malakal:
“We have an office established here in Malakal and we have staff members that are ready to take information if somebody finds something suspicious that they do not know what it is, they can ready identify as a pop cane, so what they should do is contact police, the Police will then contact the UN, the UN will then contact our office here in Malakal and we will do something about we will go and investigate, determined.”

UNMAS will continue to work on clearing explosive remnants of war in South Sudan as mines pose a threat to the country’s civilians.

On 8 December 2005, the UN General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

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