MOGADISHU (AXADLE) On the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Aid for Demining, the UN in Somalia today highlighted the impact of the plague on Somalis and reaffirmed its support for freeing Somalia from explosive hazards.
“The pollution from and from explosive remnants of war and landmines as a result of years of conflict in Somalia continues to have detrimental effects on security and human security and hampers development efforts,” said UN Secretary-General for Special Affairs Somalia James Swan.
“The continued use of improvised explosive devices poses a serious threat to the country and its people,” he added. “The UN in Somalia remains committed to working with the Somali authorities and partners on demining, which enables peace-building, humanitarian and humanitarian action. Socio-economic development efforts while protecting civilians.”
In 2020, 501 civilians were killed or wounded in Somalia due to improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war. In 2021, the number of injured increased to 669 injured.
The United Nations in Somalia is working closely with national and international demining specialists at both federal and federal Member State level to respond to explosive threats facing communities, while enhancing Somalis’ capacity to lead and coordinate mine action response.
The support includes the provision of risk reduction of explosive ammunition, the provision of investigation and clearing activities, assistance to victims, the destruction of warehouses and the advocacy of compliance with international legal instruments.
The theme for this year’s International Day is ‘Safe Land, Safe Steps, Safe Home’. It aims to underscore the efforts of the past decade to free Somalia from explosive dangers, from playground to path, from farmland to house.