Japan donate a million dollar for clearance and disposal of mines in somalia
Mareeg.com-Mogadishu, 1 April 2014 – The Government of Japan has contributed US $ 1,000,000 to
the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action to allow UNMAS
to deliver continued support to Somalia in its fight against explosive threats.
With the generous support of the People of Japan since 2010, the United Nations Mine
Action Service (UNMAS) has been able to provide essential services in support of
stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Somalia. These activities have included:
emergency training and awareness for affected communities to warn against the
dangers of explosive remnants of war (ERW), clearance and disposal of dangerous
stockpiles of ERW, ammunition dumps and abandoned weapons; as well as training and
mentorship of the Somali Police Force (SPF).
As the Somali Federal Government completed its transition process in August 2012,
UNMAS began to develop a national capacity, in collaboration with the Police
Commissioner, to address the explosive threat in Mogadishu and, more recently, in
the regions of Somalia including Baidoa and Beletweyne. This nascent capacity within
the Somali Police Force has been trained and mentored over the past 18 months and
now acts as “first responder” on all explosive management callouts, which
unfortunately remain an all too common occurrence throughout Somalia.
The continued support of the people of Japan to UNMAS-Somalia will ensure the
continuity of this capacity and the provision of additional mentoring and training
to the SPF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Component in order to continue to
effectively address the explosive threat.
Col. Abdikarim Hussein Mo’alim, Direct of the SPF EOD Unit, welcomed the Japanese
Government’s support to the Somali Police Force: “The SPF is extremely happy to be
receiving these funds from the Government of Japan. We would like to thank the
people of Japan for there continues support to Somalia and especially the Somali
Police Force. The Japan funding is imperative to the work of EOD Unit, of the
Somali Police Force in the areas of training, equipment, and mentoring and enables
the police to provide lifesaving operations across Somalia”.
In 2013, UNMAS-Somalia destroyed more than 24,000 items of unexploded ordnance (UXO)
and anti-personnel mines. More than half a million Somalis have received lifesaving
awareness and safety information and since 2008 UNMAS has trained 1,138 persons in
Explosive Ordnance Clearance. This has included the Somali Police Force, African
Union soldiers and civilians.
UNMAS is the United Nations focal point for mine action. It currently supports
programmes in the Abyei area (Sudan/South Sudan), Afghanistan, Central African
Republic, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon,
Liberia, Libya, Mali, State of Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Darfur Sudan, Syria
and Western Sahara (MINURSO).
For further information contact: Hodo Dahir, UNMAS Communications Officer, on tel.