Australia provides Iraq with $2 million to get rid of mines and remnants of war

06/22/2021 18:09

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Baghdad/The Obelisk: The United Nations Mine Action Service in Iraq (UNMAS) announced, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, that it welcomes the Australian government’s financial contribution of 3 million Australian dollars, equivalent to two million and a quarter US dollars for mine action in the liberated areas of Iraq, thus reaching The Australian Government’s five-year contribution to a total of A$21 million (about US$11 million).

More than three years after the Government of Iraq declared victory over ISIS, their presence remains, especially through the thousands of explosive ordnance they left behind in the wake of their loss.

UNMAO has intensified its strategy to ensure optimal and sustainable support to the Government of Iraq.

As part of this strategy, it launched a new partnership model that brings together international mine action organizations with local NGOs, paving the way for national ownership and localization of the mine action response in Iraq.

“Explosive ordnance and remnants of war pose ongoing risks to Iraqi communities and impede efforts to recover from conflict,” Australian Ambassador to Iraq Paula Ganley told Basnews. “Australia is pleased to continue its long-standing partnership with UNMAS in support of national authorities and their important efforts.” in helping conflict-affected communities recover and build resilience in a safe and stable environment.”

UNMAS Iraq Program Director Per Ludhamar said: “Since UNMAS began its activities in Iraq, Australia has been a consistent supporter of mine action, playing a pivotal role in the continuation of this work in the country. The work not only does rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, but also provides job opportunities for vulnerable communities, contributing to reviving the local economy as well as saving lives in the process.”

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