A high-level delegation of the Embassy of Japan in South Sudan, the UN, and the representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National
Mine Action Authority (NMAA) visited Kasire Village in Rajaf, on the outskirts of Juba Town. The delegation was led by H.E. Mr. Seiji Okada, the Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, Mr. Alain Noudéhou, the UN DSRSG, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, together with Mr. Henry Andrew Okwera, the Director General of the NMAA, and Mr. Richard Boulter, Programme Manager of the UNMAS in South Sudan.
During the visit, an UNMAS humanitarian mine action team supported by a contribution from the Government of Japan conducted survey and risk education for the community, and demonstrated how unexploded ordnance (UXO) is destroyed. H.E. Ambassador Mr. Okada actively engaged with the team and the community.
“UNMAS’ work, with Japan funding, is very important for supporting refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) coming back to their own villages. Japan is committed to continue supporting the Peace Process through various forms of assistance, including assistance through UNMAS, so that people can safely come back and live peacefully,” said H.E. Ambassador Mr. Okada.