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Towards full-scale national mine action operations in Somalia

From the event “Mine Action in Somalia – Protection, Youth, Skills, and Stability”, chaired by Somalia’s Deputy Minister for Internal Security, H.E. Abdinasir Saeed Muse. Photo: Norwegian People's Aid

New mine action strategic plan marks important development in Somalian mine action.

Geneva, 15 February 2018. Somalia’s Deputy Minister for Internal Security, H.E. Abdinasir Saeed Muse, chaired an event “Mine Action in Somalia – Protection, Youth, Skills, and Stability”, during which the new national mine action strategic plan was announced.

The event highlighted the considerable progress which has been achieved in mine action in Somalia through funding from international donors, including the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), and made a strong appeal for additional international support.

With new leadership and increased capacity within Somali Explosives Management Authority (SEMA) and the new mine action strategy finalised, conditions are now ready for the move towards full-scale national mine action operations in Somalia.

Background

The Ethiopian-Somali wars, also known as the Ogaden wars, and more than 20 years of internal conflict has left Somalia heavily contaminated with  mines  and explosive remnants of war (  ERW  ).

Norwegian People's Aid's Humanitarian Disarmament programme in Somalia was established in 2013 and consists of 7 Multi-Tasking Teams (  MTT  ). These teams are able to perform survey, Battle Area Clearance (  BAC  ), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (  EOD  ), and  manual mine clearance  .

21.02.2018 | Hilde Sofie Pettersen