Unexploded Ordnance, Remnants of War Cause Harm in Sudan
Haram Mohammed from Mellit, North Darfur, lost two young sons, aged two and seven, to a piece of an explosive weapon that detonated as they unknowingly played with it when they found it near their home. Technically called an “unexploded ordnance” (UXO), it was a piece of an explosive that did not explode when it was employed, still posing a risk of detonation.
Another son, Harum Ali (pictured next to her), age 17, survived with serious injuries to his legs and arms. Harum’s recovery cost 15,000 Sudanese pounds (about US $2,700), fifty times more than the family can make in one month selling their produce in the market. “I am sad, and I accept what God decided for my family. But I am also angry because it happened due to the fighting in Darfur,” the mother said.