South Sudan could be mine-free in 5 years: UN official


South Sudan in the next five years would be cleared of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) left behind by more than two decades of war, a United Nations mines agency official said on Wednesday evening.

Speaking at a ceremony for disposal of a large aircraft bomb that was found some 1.8 km west of the country’s Juba International Airport, Richard Boulter, programme manager of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for South Sudan, said South Sudan could become mine-free in the next five years if current clearance efforts continue unabated.

Boulter said though landmines still poses a major threat to millions of people across South Sudan, the rate of mine causalities has reduced significantly in recent years.

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Source: Brinkwire