Japan has renewed its commitment to promoting human security and stability in Somalia by contributing 1 million U.S. dollars to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action.
Japan said the contribution will enable the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to reduce the threat posed by explosive hazards and support the establishing of a safe, secure and peaceful Somalia.
“UNMAS appreciates Japan’s continuous commitment to support humanitarian mine action in Somalia. The contribution will certainly help reduce the explosive hazard threat in the country,” Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai, UNMAS program manager in Somalia, said in a statement issued in Mogadishu on Monday evening.
According to UNMAS, Japan has contributed 7.3 million dollars over the past five years to mine action in Somalia.
UNMAS said the funds will strengthen humanitarian mine action by supporting risk education programs and providing additional training to the Somali police force to clear and manage explosive devices.
According to UNMAS, explosive hazards continue to have a detrimental impact on peacebuilding and state building in Somalia as extremist groups have over the years used improvised explosive devices (IED) as their preferred weapon against the government and the African Union Mission in Somalia.
“In addition to the IED threat, indirect fire, explosive remnants of war, and mines left behind from the civil war continue to endanger the lives of the civilian population,” UNMAS said. Enditem