Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops in Somalia, along with United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) personnel and Individual Police Officers (IPOs), on Tuesday 4th March 2023, observed International Mine Awareness Day at the Sector II Headquarters.
During the event, UNMAS Sector Operations Officer Hollypass Lagat demonstrated the significant role played by UNMAS in supporting the delivery of community-based explosive ordnance risk education to save lives and prevent injuries during operations by ATMIS II troops.
International Mine Awareness Day was first started in 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and its commemorated annually on April 4th to recognize the progress made by nations, organizations, and communities in addressing the negative effects of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW)
The Sector II Commander emphasized the need to promote stability, security and development in the operation areas through the elimination of the threat caused by mines and explosive devices.
The celebration of International Mine Awareness Day by Sector II personnel, in partnership with UNMAS, highlights the commitment of the KDF ATMIS troops and its partners to promote peace, security and stability in Somalia. It underscores the importance of continued efforts to eliminate landmines and explosive hazards to protect civilians and restore livelihoods in affected communities.