Humanitarian Disarmament in South Sudan
Massive population movements have compounded issues prevalent in this region such as food insecurity and conflict. Compounding all of these issues, are the landmines , cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war ( ERW ) that have scattered the landscape and disrupted primary access routes following the longest civil war in Africa.
The separation of Sudan into two countries and the civil war has resulted in several hundred thousand returnees travelling home to South Sudan. South Sudan has faced continous and concurrent humanitarian challenges, including inter-tribal conflict, displacements, unrest due to government austerity measures, cross border conflict, food insecurity, and more returnees.
MBT : state party; clearance deadline: 9 July 2021.
CCM : not a state party.
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) Humanitarian Disarmament has been based out of Central Equatoria since 2004. The programme boasts some 200 staff, as well as mechanical and mine detection dogs ( MDD ) assets. NPA conducts survey, clearance, BAC and EOD activities. NPA is closely supporting national authorities with the destruction of unstable stockpiles of weapons and ammunition.
Since 1986, NPA has been consistently working in South Sudan and was the only NGO to not leave South Sudan at any stage during the civil war.
NPA was singled out and thanked as the only international NGO during President Salva Kiir Mayardit independence speech.
The NPA Humanitarian Disarmament programme has likely had the world’s only female MineWolf operator.
Unfortunately, the latest hostilities in South Sudan have included also the re-laying of mines in the states of Unity , Jonglei and the Upper Nile.
NPA has long-stadning development programme activites in South Sudan.