16 April 2014

Sudan: Three Darfur Children Maimed After Playing With Bomb

Anka — Three North Darfur children were severely injured on Sunday when a bomb they found at the roadside exploded.

A relative told Radio Dabanga that Amina Abdulah Salem (12), her sister Hawa Abdullah Salem (10), and Khaled Issa Mohamed Musa (9) of Anka in Kutum locality found the bomb and began to play with it.

"When it detonated, Amina's hand was blown-off. She also suffered severe head wounds. Hawa also lost a hand, and has multiple wounds over the rest of her body. Khaled also suffered severe head injuries."

The witness confirmed that in the area northeast of Kutum, there are unexploded bombs dropped from Antonov aircraft, as well as large quantities of other unexploded ordnance (UXO) near Umm Sidra, Donki Ba'ahim, Anka, and Musbad. They demanded the UN and Unamid expedite the clearing of UXO from the area.

This tragedy is the third of its kind in less than a month. Last week, three children died, along with the cattle they were herding, in East Jebel Marra. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that a owerful bomb, suspected to be a remnant of almost daily aerial bombardments of the area, "tore the children and cattle to shreds".

On 28 March, also in East Jebel Marra, 12 camels died and ten others wounded when 500 mm-long 'missiles' exploded.

Years of conflict have left Darfur littered with potentially deadly explosives and munitions (UXO). Radio Dabanga appeals to listeners in East Jebel Marra and throughout Darfur (and elsewhere in our reception area) not to touch any 'unexploded' grenades or other ammunition found in the field. Mark its position clearly to alert others, and report it immediately to a camp sheikh, Unamid and/or the local police.

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