The political unrest in Yemen and civil wars have caused the poorest country in the Arabian peninsula to be riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Since 2015, the conflict has meant that landmines and unexploded ordnance is as a daily threat to millions of Yemenis. Landmines and UXOs are present in 20 out of the 22 Yemeni governorates.
With funds from international donors, UNDP has been supporting the efforts of the Yemeni Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC) to clear Yemen from these threats.
Since 2018, YEMAC has cleared nearly 9,000 landmines and over 116,000 explosive remnants of war (ERWs) in Yemen. However, there is still a lot to be done.
UNDP is committed to supporting YEMAC in various ways including providing them with the technical capacity to help deminers work in safer, more effective, ways.
As such, in February, UNDP and our partner, the Danish Demining Group, provided training to 25 YEMAC staff to build deminers’ capacity in identifying and neutralizing the various types of landmines and unexplored ordnance now commonly found in Yemen.
The 20-day training programme contained critical information for deminers about landmines and other explosives, as well as ways to defuse them. The training discussed many topics, including: International Mine Action Standards; proper use of demining and explosive ordinance disposal equipment; and, exercises within battle area clearance. The training was designed with practice-based modules to allow YEMAC staff application of their study in the field.
UNDP has supported YEMAC for more than 10 years with activities ranging from providing equipment to supporting mine action-related training initiatives. UNDP continues to be committed to supporting YEMAC in their ongoing efforts toward clearing Yemen of existing explosive remnants of war.