Three-month de-mining campaign completed



Khartoum July 28 2007 - The true extent of the problems related to landmines and Explosives Remnants of War (ERW) remains unknown in Sudan. A country-wide survey has been initiated to measure both the scope and impact of the problem. It is believed that Africa’s longest civil war has left up to 21 of the 26 states affected by landmines that threatens the daily-life of civilians, impedes the country’s economic recovery and development, and delays the safe return of internally displaced persons and refugees to their hometowns.
Blessed with some of the best arable land in the region, Nuba Mountains was once considered the bread basket of Sudan. But landmines have often rendered this land inaccessible and uncultivable. People in Kadugli locality, in South Korofan state, have endured the worst of the civil war and are still at risk of mines and UXOs. Great numbers of displaced persons and entire communities returning to the region also face the same risk as they walk into the Nuba Mountains, searching for clean water, and travel long distances on foot to reach schools and health clinics.
Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) on 9 January 2005, the long and arduous road to recovery commenced with ridding the country of land-mines laid over a long period of time. The de-mining activities are carried out through the Danish Church Aid (DCA), the European Commission funded, and UNDP managed Recovery and Rehabilitation Programmeme (RRP) in South Kordofan.

 

Between May and July 2007 the RRP run an intensive de-mining campaign that enabled it to destroy a total of 20,160 small arms, 227 fuses, 14 propellants, 4 rocket propelled grenades, twenty-three 82mm mortars, twenty-two 60mm mortars, and one 76mm projectile. At the Kadugli and Dilling way stations, the RRP conducted safety briefings and MRE presentations benefiting 10,053 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The RRP also conducted mine awareness sessions in El-efien, Daldako, Al rosir and Karkaraya schools benefiting 1045 children and teachers. Direct awareness sessions in Tabanja, Buram and Kadugli benefited 574 including children. The RRP also distributed 2,044 Information Education and Communication materials (leaflets) with MRE messages in all the areas of their tasks.

The RRP consortium in South Kordofan is managed by UNDP, executed by Save the Children US in partnership with International Partners Danish Church Aid (DCA) ; National Partners Diocese of El Obeid (DOE) ; and Nuba Relief, Rehabilitation Development Organization (NRRDO).

Since 2006, the through the 54 Million Euro Recovery and Rehabilitation Programmeme has managed to bring together 10 consortia of NGos made up of some 50 national and international NGOs implementing a range of recovery and rehabilitation projects in Blue Nile, Red Sea, River Nile, South Kordofan, Northern Upper Nile, Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Warrap, Northern Bahr El Ghazal states, and Abyei Area. The 10 consortia of NGOs are implementing activities such as building schools, healthcare centers, water networks, vocational training, farming and agriculture, and extensive training and capacity building Programmes.

 

For more information on the RRP, please contact:
Jami Schievelbein
Information Liaison Officer
Jami.schievelbein@undp.org



 
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