Child-focused emergency mine risk education in Somalia
Somalia has suffered from almost continuous conflict since the collapse of the Siad Barre regime in 1991, which has created extreme hardship for children and their families, and required significant investments in child protection.
This conflict has led to many thousands of direct deaths, the destruction of physical infrastructure, severe degradation of basic services, and widespread displacement of residents into IDP settlements. Over the past several months, there has been not only a steady increase of the fighting between parties to the conflict, but also the population movement spurred on by the drought and famine in the country.
An additional consequence of the year-long conflict is the widespread contamination of the country, to varying degrees, by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), primarily landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). One of the main groups at risk, are children.
The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) established a presence in Somalia in 2007, and since then has disposed of a multi-million dollar budget to conduct clearance, community mine marking, EOD disposal (Mogadishu), training of AMISOM troops (Mogadishu) and delivering MRE where it has access in South Central Somalia.
The main objective of this project is to mitigate the threat of ERW towards approximately 600.000 children and their family members in South Central Somalia. More specifically, the project aims to:
¿ Mitigate the risks associated with Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in six regions of South Central Somalia.
¿ Accelerate MRE safety interventions in communities that are exposed to unexploded devises.
¿ Improve surveillance and reporting, to enhance the mine action response.
¿ Reduce mine risks of affected populations by providing livelihood support through income generation programmes, Life skills based education (LSBE) and non-formal education (NFE).