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Unexploded Mine Injures Six Children In Sudan

Years of conflict in different regions of Sudan have left certain areas littered with unexploded landmines that have killed thousands of people, especially children.

Six children were reportedly injured after an undetonated device exploded at the Zamzam internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in North Darfur, Sudan. The device believed to be unexploded ordnance (UXO) went off after one of the children found it in the field.

The six siblings suffered various injuries including to the eye, arm, and chest area.

Elham Ishaq, their mother, said that the device exploded when her children started playing with it at home in the Um Arda neighbourhood of the camp on the night of  Thursday, June 30.

She added that her daughter went out to fetch fodder for the livestock outside the camp, found the device, and carried it home. She says that the children are currently being treated in a hospital.

The ongoing conflict in different regions of Sudan has left the areas littered with UXOs. In May, four children between the ages of nine and 14 were injured when a UXO detonated in the Kereinik community of West Darfur.

According to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), landmines and unexploded ordnance have killed thousands of people in Sudan since the start of Africa’s longest-running civil war. More than 50 per cent of those killed or maimed are children.

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