‘Funding Shortfall’ for Lebanon Demining, Says Govt, UN

The Lebanese government and the UN are claiming a $4.7 million shortfall in the 2008 demining and UXO clearance budget.  Eight percent of the cluster munition sites contaminated during the 2006 war, and some 300,000 landmines from earlier conflicts remain uncleared. See this AFP story for more details.

Over 200 people fell victim to mines, dud cluster munitions and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in 2006.  Just last week a UN peacekeeper was killed while clearing UXO in southern Lebanon.

To contribute to Lebanese mine action, consider donating to the following NGOs which work in country: Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Norwegian People’s Aid, Handicap International, the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) and DanChurchAid.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 10 September 2008.

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