Improvised Explosive Devices continue to pose a grave threat to civilians in Somalia


Marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, a top United Nations official in Somalia today highlighted the danger posed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to the country’s civilian population.

In his remarks at an observance event in the Somali capital, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, drew particular attention to the threat posed to children by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) left behind after years of conflict.

“Each year, 75 children are killed or injured by mines and explosive remnants of war in this country. And the impact on lives and livelihoods therefore is devastating,” said Mr. de Clercq.

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Source: ReliefWeb