1. Libya: The Aftermath of War


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    Libya is contaminated with hundreds of thousands of explosive remnants of war that threaten the safety of civilians and aid workers. If these bombs are not properly managed, they could end up in the wrong hands, jeopardizing Libya's recovery and international security. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is currently on the ground to help clear this threat.

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      Most of us will never understand the terror and human cost that comes from living with land mines. To raise awareness for the fight against land mines, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and Critical Mass created SWEEPER, an iBeacon powered virtual minefield to make it possible for New Yorkers to experience the fear millions live with every day. You can download the app at www.getsweeper.com PRESS: "Ad Agency Creates Chilling Landmine Experience" http://adage.com/article/agency-news/critical-mass-ibeacon-recreate-minefields-museum/292534/ "United Nations Simulates Violent Land Mines via Apple iBeacons" http://mashable.com/2014/04/04/ibeacons-land-mines-simulation/ "United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield & raise awareness at NY museum" http://9to5mac.com/2014/03/31/united-nations-uses-ibeacons-to-simulate-a-minefield-raise-awareness-at-ny-museum/ "The UN Uses iBeacons To Scare New Yorkers Into Caring About Landmines" http://www.psfk.com/2014/04/landmines-ibeacons.html#!NEocl "The Mere Specter of Land Mines Still Haunts Millions" http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-mere-specter-of-land-mines-still-haunts-millions CREDITS: Client: United Nations Mine Action Service Agency: criticalmass.com Chief Creative Officer: Conor Brady Creative Director: Christiaan Welzel Group Planning Director: Jared Folkmann Developer/Tech: Scott Goetz Art Director: April Ryde Senior Copywriter: Stefan Smith Agency Producer: Alissa Hansen Planning Director: Scott King Social Marketing: Kyle Bottoms Senior Designer: Nikolay Mihaylov Environment Illustrator: Adrian Guza Program Director: Thierry Marques Associate Social Media Planner: Melissa Boyles Content Analyst: Maia Fuhrman Associate Planner / Developer: Steven Ritchie Technology Director: Miguel Alvarez Developer: Roy Quesada Medina Technology Lead: Ricardo Alvarado Music and Sound: Elias Arts / Heard City Video Production: 1stAveMachine

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      • UN through the lens with Marco Grob: combating the scourge of landmines in Afghanistan


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        Every month in Afghanistan, away from the headlines, an average of 40 people are killed or injured by landmines and explosive remnants of war. Large areas of potential farmland are kept out of bounds and economic development is being held back. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) supported Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA) coordinates all work carried out by implementing partners of the Mine Action Programme. UNMAS also funds these implementing partners to remove mines, support victims and conduct mine risk education about the dangers posed by these weapons. The Mine Ban Treaty's goal is to have all landmines in Afghanistan removed by 2013. The renowned photographer Marco Grob travelled to Afghanistan in February to document survivors of mines and the work of MACCA and UNMAS. He visited a minefield, witnessed clearance activities, met with survivors and toured a school where students are taught about mines. Mr. Grob’s images are being released today as the UN marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. He spoke with the UN News Centre about his impressions from his trip.

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          STORY: SOMALIA - EXPLOSIVES TRT:4:12 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS DATELINE: MAY 9, 2013 SHOTLIST STORY: A convoy of military vehicles makes its way to a secluded area in the Medina District of Mogadishu. Since the departure of extremist group al Shabaab in 2011, Somalia’s National Security Forces and their African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) partners, have been collecting and destroying unexploded ordnance (UXOs) from all over the Somali capital. Explosive stockpiles, weapons, ammunition caches and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) abandoned by the besieged al Qaeda-linked group continue to pose grave threats to civilians, government soldiers and AMISOM troops. This is in addition to the detritus of war left after decades of civil conflict. “These IEDs, there are a lot of ammunition in this country. He have to make very hard work to collect, destroy it and to sensitise the citizens to know that the IED is very dangerous for the life and for people who live in this country,” said Colonel Salvator Niyongoma, the Burundian AMISOM information officer charged with liaising with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). Since its inception in Somalia, UNMAS has trained over 1,000 Somali police, AMISOM and humanitarian staff, not only in IED detection, removal, counter-IED operations and medical procedures but in disposal as well. Private James Kasekende - of the Ugandan contingent of AMISOM - was one of the trainees and is now a Explosive Ordnance Team (EOD) leader. “It is very important to destroy these things, because you know if they are like that, these guys, we call them al Shabaab, they can pick them, they get the explosives in them, then they use them to make homemade bomb which they can use to target our convoys and their fellow Somalis, so that why we have to demolish them. To make sure that the whole of Somalia is free of these things,” Kasekende said. Kasekende and his team, alongside their Burundian counterparts and UNMAS mentors, endeavor to demolish a stockpile of UXOs each week. They detonated about 75 kilograms of explosives on this outing under strict safety guidelines that are closely coordinated with local government officials. According to UNMAS, nearly every community in south-central Somalia suffers from a degree of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) contamination and few have the support or capacity to deal with these threats. The UN department reports that more than 15,000 items of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) were safely destroyed. ENDS.

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            A short film written and directed by Emmy winning Photographer-Filmmaker Marco Grob for the UNITED NATIONS MINE ACTION SERVICE (UNMAS). It's about the dangers of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and remnants of war and the people who deal with them to protect all of us. Filmed in Mali in 2014. Narrated by Daniel Craig.

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            • Clearing Landmines in Western Sahara


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              Western Sahara is affected by thousands of landmines and explosive remnants of war left over from 20 years of conflict between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) considers Western Sahara one of the most heavily mined territories in the world, with over 2,500 casualties reported since 1975. UNMAS plays a key role in reducing the humanitarian risks and improving living conditions for Saharans and UN personnel. This film highlights UNMAS work in creating a safe environment across Western Sahara.

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                Meet Betty Inga Augustina. This short film for the UNITED NATIONS MINE ACTION SERVICE (UNMAS) is a homage to her and all the brave woman and men who clear the world of the 100 million landmines out there. Narrated by Daniel Craig. Written and directed by Marco Grob. Filmed in South Sudan in 2013

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                • Critical Mass at the Microsoft Kinect v2 Hackathon '14 - NYC


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                  We had the unique opportunity to participate in a 28hr Kinect Hackathon in NYC. Partnering with UNMAS, the UN's land mine clearing & removal task force, our skilled dev team created an interactive educational experience using a new Microsoft technology called "Ripple" to simulate what it feels like to walk through an actual minefield. "Sweeper" brings visibility to the horrors both civilians and workers face in these war torn areas of the globe every day. For more info on how you can help please visit: http://www.mineaction.org/unmas

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                  • IMPACT: A Project of Columbia University & UN Mine Action Service


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                    Princess Diana walking though an Angolan minefield wearing a ballistic helmet and flak jacket, greeting children with injuries--this is what "landmine action" conjures up for many of us. In fact, landmine action has come a long way since that time, due in large part to the leadership of the United Nations. In Spring 2010, I served as an advisor for a "capstone workshop" on landmine action offered by at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. The client was the United Nations Mine Action Service, or UNMAS, the coordinating arm for the UN's demining efforts. This short film chronicles the students' discoveries.

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                    • United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Sweeper Experience


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                      Most of us will never understand the terror and human cost that comes from living with landmines. To raise awareness, we used Apple’s iBeacon technology to create a digital minefield—making it possible for New Yorkers to experience the fear millions live with every day.

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