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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    • 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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      • 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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        • "BETTY" NARRATED BY DANIEL CRAIG

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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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          • BROLL: SOMALIA- EXPLOSIVES HD

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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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            • NYC :: MINEFIELD

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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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              • South Sudan Mine Risk Education

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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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                  • SOMALIA: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MINE AWARENESS

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                    STORY: SOMALIA - INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MINE AWARENESS DURATION: 03:03 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: SOMALI DATELINE: APRIL 4, 2013 SHOTLIST: MOGADISHU, SOMALIA (APRIL 4, 2013) 1. Wide shot of a sign reading UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Somalia International day of Mine Awareness. 2. Wide shot of the area set up for the demonstrations. 3. Close up shot of a sign reading battle area clearance. 4. Close up shot of a sign reading ‘danger mines’ in the foreground and two EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) teams walking into the battle area clearance. 5. Wide shot of a EOD team member, sweeping the ground for anti-personnel mines. 6. Close up shot of a EOD team member, sweeping the ground for anti-personnel mines. 7. Close up shot of guests attentively watching the two EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team members demonstration. 8. Wide shot of a EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member walk into the battle area clearance. 9. Medium shot of the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member brushing off an area suspected to have a buried anti personnel mine. 10. Close up shot of the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member brushing off an area suspected to have a buried anti-personnel mine. 11. Medium shot of two EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team members watch as the other EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member works. 12. Medium shot of the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member taking out her notebook and device. 13. Close up shot of the device. 14. Close up shot of the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member reading the device. 15. Wide shot of the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member taking down the readings from the device. 16. Close up shot of the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team member recording the readings in her notebook. 17. Medium shot of the Somali Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner watching the demonstrations. 18. Close up of the Somali Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner watching the demonstrations. 19. SOUNDBITE (Somalia) Ali Adan, Land Mine Victim: "Landmines are a big problem, it’s good to have functions like these, where people are taught about the problem of mines, and people can talk about their real life experiences so that others can learn." 20. Wide shot of the EOD team member picking up the mortar shell from the ground. 16. Wide shot of the EOD team member taking the mortar shell to the clearance point. 17. Close up shot of mortar shell. STORY The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is commemorated on 4 April each year. Events like the demining demonstration that was held in Somalia, Mogadishu’s capital, today (April 4) were held around the world as the United Nations reaffirmed its commitment to a world free from the threat of mines and other remnants of war. The Somali Government, aided by African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) has forced extremist group al-Shabaab out of the capital and most of south-central Somalia. However explosive stockpiles, abandoned weapons, ammunition caches and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factories pose grave threats whenever Government forces and AMISOM gain control of new areas. The laying of mines by Al-Shabaab has been reported as a means to secure strategic locations. This is in addition to the detritus of war left after decades of civil conflict, and the minefields laid during the Ogaden and Somali National Movement conflicts. "Landmines are a big problem, it’s good to have functions like these, where people are taught about the problem of mines, and people can talk about their real life experiences so that others can learn," said Ali Adan, who lost an arm and his sight, as a child, in a landmine explosion. According the United Nations Mine Action Service, 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. UNMAS United Nations Mines Action has been training clearance operators. Since its inception in Somalia they have trained 1,167 Somali National Police, AMISOM and Humanitarian stuff. UNMAS has also trained 12 medics to deal with landmine related incidents and cleared over 22 thousand mines across Somalia. PHOTOS OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MINE AWARENESS: http://on.fb.me/10v9YsT ENDS

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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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