Australia recently donated an additional USD 1.5 million to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in contributions to demining efforts in Iraqi areas that were liberated from the Islamic State.
Explosives the terrorist organization planted continue to be one of the greatest threats that impede the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their homes.
The current proportion of displaced Iraqis is estimated to be around five percent of the total population. The numbers reached as high as 10 percent from 2014 through 2016 when the Islamic State took and maintained control over large swaths of territory in the country.
The Australian government’s contribution “will further support UNMAS explosive hazards management activities to create safe conditions for the sustainable return of displaced people,” a statement from UNMAS read.