UNICEF ex­presses sor­row over the deaths of two chil­dren by ex­plo­sive de­vice

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS -

UNICEF Myan­mar ex­pressed deep con­cern and sad­ness over the deaths of an eight year-old and a 13 year-old girl caused by an ex­plo­sive de­vice that was found at Mat Lan vil­lage in Laihka Town­ship, Shan State. “At this par­tic­u­lar time our thoughts go to the af­fected fam­i­lies,” a UNICEF state­ment said on 18 Novem­ber.

The state­ment con­tin­ued, “In 2015, UNICEF doc­u­mented a to­tal of 10 child deaths and 14 se­vere in­juries of chil­dren from land­mines and un­ex­ploded ord­nance. UNICEF is aware that there are many more in­stances that are not re­ported.

In at least seven States of Myan­mar, land­mines and ex­plo­sive rem­nants of war left be­hind from armed con­flict or placed in­ten­tion­ally con­tinue to cause harm to vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions, es­pe­cially chil­dren and women.”

It con­cludes, “UNICEF calls on all par­ties to stop the use of land­mines every­where and to pro­tect schools, health fa­cil­i­ties and other places used by chil­dren from any at­tacks in the on-go­ing con­flicts in Myan­mar. UNICEF also calls for the ur­gent roll out of on-go­ing mine risk ed­u­ca­tion and vic­tim as­sis­tance pro­gram­ming sup­ported by its part­ners in all af­fected ar­eas of Myan­mar.”

(Mizzima)

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