“I have learned to be mindful of objects, no matter how familiar they look,” said Nyedel Tap Hoth a pupil of Naath Primary School in the Internally Displaced Person’s camp in Bentiu.
Nydel was speaking after a 45-minute awareness raising session conducted by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for students of the school. “In fact, from now on, I will never pick up any object I find in the ground,” she added.
This risk education could not have come at a better time, given the massive movement of communities as Unity state faces the worst flooding it has witnessed in 60 years.
“The community must be made aware that explosive remnants of war are still being detected in Unity state and of the potential threat they pose to human lives,” declared Sikulisiwe Gwara, Field Coordinator for UNMAS in Bentiu.