‘Immense tragedy’ underscores want to deal with unexploded ordnance hazard in Somalia

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UNMAS issued a press release saying it was “deeply saddened and profoundly alarmed” by the deaths of 27 civilians, together with 22 kids, in a “tragic incident” involving unexploded ordnance (UXO) that occurred on Friday within the Decrease Shabelle area. 

Fifty-three individuals have been additionally injured. 

Harmless lives misplaced 

“UNMAS expresses its honest condolences to the households affected by this devastating occasion and shares of their grief and ache throughout this extremely troublesome time,” mentioned Justin Smith, the company’s chief in Somalia. 

“The lack of harmless lives, particularly kids, is an immense tragedy that underscores the pressing want for heightened efforts to tackle the risks posed by explosive ordnance in Somalia,” he added. 

UNMAS was established in 1997 and its work goes past eradicating landmines from the bottom in nations affected by armed battle. 

‘A stark reminder’ 

Actions additionally tackle the issue of UXO, that are weapons corresponding to bombs, mortars, grenades and missiles that did not detonate.  In lots of nations they pose a fair better risk to security than landmines, based on its web site. 

UNMAS mentioned the incident in Decrease Shabelle serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing risk confronted by civilians, notably kids, in conflict-affected areas, and highlights the essential significance of swift and decisive motion to mitigate the dangers related to explosive remnants of conflict.  

The UN, by means of UNMAS and its companions, has renewed dedication to working with the Authorities of Somalia, worldwide organizations, and related stakeholders to strengthen mine motion efforts.  

Intensify collective efforts 

“Collectively, we should intensify our collective efforts to eradicate the dangers posed by explosive ordnance and safeguard the lives of susceptible people, notably kids,” Mr. Smith mentioned. 

Since 1991, the UN has been engaged in advancing peace and safety in Somalia, the place African Union peacekeepers help nationwide forces of their ongoing battle towards Al-Shabaab militants. 

Final Friday additionally noticed a lethal assault on a lodge within the capital, Mogadishu, which left 16 individuals lifeless, together with a workers member of the World Well being Group (WHO). 

“We condemn all assaults on harmless civilians and humanitarian assist employees and specific our deepest condolences to the members of the family of all those that have been killed on this assault,” mentioned Malik Mamunur, WHO consultant in Somalia. 



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