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UNMAS 2018 Annual Report in Somalia

UNMAS deployed to Somalia in 2008 to support Humanitarian Mine Action activities, evolving thereafter as a critical component of UNSOA. UNMAS provides logistical support to AMISOM through planning and mobility operations, advice, analysis, training, mentoring, specialized equipment, explosive detection dogs and clearance teams. Providing AMISOM with an explosive hazard mitigation capability enables AMISOM to remain mobile despite the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and to protect its personnel and assets. The annual report on Explosive Hazard Analysis presented by United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) Somalia is a communication tool to:

Outline the explosive threats faced in Somalia in 2018;

Engage with all partners involved in mitigating explosive threats in Somalia;

Present the explosive hazard threat, challenges, and mitigation measures taken in 2018 and what is planned in 2019 onwards.

Four explosive threats were examined in the preparation of this report, namely; Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs); Mines / Explosive Remnants of War (ERW); Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) / Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM); and Stand-Off Weapons (SOW). In the case of IEDs, Mines / ERW and SOW threats, each is examined for the reporting period and the mitigation activities are outlined along with the challenges faced, followed by an overview of the mitigation initiatives for the next reporting period.

Source: UN Mine Action Service