ECHO contributes 1.5 million euros to mining activities in South Sudan

The European Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection announced on July 10 that it would contribute 1.5 million euros to mining activities in South Sudan.

The contribution is expected to help protect miners by providing education on the risk of mining to South Sudanese miners and increase ease of travel with more significant access routes. Significant paths that were previously inaccessible due to the risk of explosive remnants of war and the threat of mines will be assessed and cleared, allowing local, refugee, returnee, internally displaced populations and humanitarian aid workers increased mobility.

ECHO's contribution will enable the highest risk populations access to education which will enable them to recognize potentially dangerous places and materials, which will help keep them safe in areas that have yet to be cleared.

The Republic of South Sudan is the world's newest country, established on July 9, 2011 after more than 50 years of civil war and a six-year Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Mines and explosive remnants of war remain in the country from the time of conflict.

Each year, South Sudanese people are maimed and killed in accidents. This mining education initiative will help keep the South Sudanese safe from these types of incidents.