South Sudan conflict causes rise in mine-related accidents

Cultural Centre in Juba on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Conflict in South Sudan has caused a recent spike in the number of accidents involving mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW), according to a UN programme that's working to rid the country of these weapons.

The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) says people fleeing fighting between government and opposition forces are probably less aware of the hazards posed by ERW which include grenades, bombs and mortars.

The current crisis in South Sudan began in December 2013. But mines planted during the two civil wars in what was formerly Sudan still remain in the ground.

Sebit William discusses these dangers with Robert Thompson, UNMAS Chief of Operations in the country.

Duration: 4'45"

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