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UNMAS in Mali
5 Mar 2015 -  Recent and on-going armed conflict in Mali has created a problem of weapon and explosive hazard contamination which negatively impacts the civilian population as well as impedes stabilization efforts. This impact includes the potential loss of life and injury of people within affected communities but also the safe return of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs). Explosive remnants of war (ERW), improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines also adversely impact livelihoods, freedom of movement and economic recovery, as well as the safe deployment of national and international forces and extension of state authority.
In Mali, UNMAS contributes to mitigate explosive threats in support of The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) and United Nations personnel, to enhance national capacities to mitigate explosive threats and to enable compliance with treaty obligations and protect civilians from explosive hazards.