Ethiopia: European Commission to donate 8m in clearing Ethiopian land mines (Ethiopia)
(SomaliNet) On Wednesday, the European Commission (EC) announced an 8 million donation to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the removal of landmines in the two regions of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia's Afar and Tigray regional states are so heavily mined that hundreds of thousands of people living there are exposed to danger from the ordnances, official statistics show.
Most of the landmines were planted during the recent Ethiopia-Eritrea boundary war, which was mainly fought in the two states because they share borders with Eritrea.
Rehabilitation and Development Organization (RaDO), a local Ethiopian NGO estimates that at least 39 new mine and UXO (unexploded ordnance) accidents were recorded in the two regions between January 2005 and May 2006. Ten people were killed and 16 injured.
The agreement was signed during the opening ceremony of the European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) security dialogue on the problems of landmine and small arms.
More than 11 sq.km of land has been de-mined in Ethiopia, destroying 184 antipersonnel mines, 98 anti-vehicle mines, and 6,607 items of unexploded ordnance since 2005, according to the 2006 Global Landmine Report.(all Africa.com)
Von: 19.04.2007 by David Odoki, somalinet.com