South Sudan top government officials call for demining Support

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South Sudan Vice President James Wani Igga, Central Equatoria State Minister of Gender  Mary Apayi while Addressing the world mine day Thursday at Nyokuron Cultural Center called on the international community and Partners to help fund agencies working in demining in the Country.

Our demining Authority is badly off, they have no budget. If there is little budget it is almost negligible.  We urge the international community to help our demining Authority so that they can move,   Wani said

He said it is not only the government arm that lacks funds to carry demining work in the country but also NGOs operating in the same sector.

Central Equatoria State Minister of Gender Child and Social Development Mary Apayi Ayiga appreciating the Mine Action workers reiterated the call for support to the NGOS working in demining to help remove mines planted by the warring parties at any stage of conflict that South Sudan passed through

The minister explained that demining agencies covered areas of Kajo-Keji road, Morobo, Lainya, Lokiliri, Yei adding that there is need for finally assessing if the demined areas are completely mine free.

Libya UNMAS Head of Section Arms and Ammunition Advisory Section Lance Malin representing UN Agencies said  they have destroyed over 34000 landmine with 862000 unexploded ordnances(UXO) including bombs, Mortars, rockets and hand grenades .

He added that the United Nations Mine Action has helped open 23845 KM of roads over half a distance in the world

Malin said that South Sudan remains one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world with 713 known hazardous and suspected areas been reported daily.

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