UNMHA celebrates International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
UNMHA hosted a special Iftar to remember the victims and survivors of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in Hudaydah and Yemen on the eve of this year’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
The event was attended by UNMHA’s international and local staff, local contractors and their families and children as well as representatives from UN country team agencies in Hudaydah. The gathering provided an opportunity for UNMHA personnel to come together in a show of solidarity with the victims and survivors of landmines and ERW during the holy month of Ramadan.
During the Iftar, UNMHA’s Deputy Head of Mission Ms Vivian van de Perre reminded all who were present of how Yemen is one of the most landmine-contaminated countries in the world, with Hudaydah being among the most impacted governorates. She stressed the urgency to advance mine action and demining activities in Hudaydah and support mine survivors and their families and reiterated UNMHA’s dedication to supporting the people of Hudaydah through providing coordination and technical support for mine action, including support to explosive ordnance risk awareness to protect the population.