2016 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Senegal

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Funding FY13 FY14 FY15 FY02–15 TOTAL
DOS NADR - CWD 0 0 400 2,905
DOS Other 260 0 0 260
DoD 0 367 1,147 1,766
USAID 0 0 0 500
Country Total 260 367 1,547 5,431
Dollars in thousands

More than 30 years of internal conflict between the government of Senegal and the separatist Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) left the country’s Casamance region littered with landmines and UXO. With the successful clearance of most landmines from the rest of Senegal, the United States began assistance for projects in the Casamance region in 2008. Demining ceased temporarily after the MFDC kidnapped deminers in May 2013. However, work resumed in September 2014 on a limited basis.

From 2002 through 2015, the United States provided more than $5.4 million in CWD funding toward landmine and UXO clearance, risk education, and capacity building.

Date: 2016 Description: A deminer in Senegal uses a metal detector and safety shoes. In 2015, demining efforts in Senegal focused on the Casamance region. © Photo courtesy of Handicap International.

From October 2014 through December 2015, the Department of State supported the work of the following implementing partner:

• Handicap International conducted humanitarian demining in the Casamance region, surveyed suspected hazard areas, and conducted mine risk education.

With Department of Defense funding, USAFRICOM continued its train-the-trainer program in an effort to build the internal capacity required for independent sustainability of Senegal’s national demining training center. The humanitarian mine action cadre was instructed on IMAS, EOD Level I, and basic instructor’s procedures. The OHDACA appropriation funded humanitarian mine action activities, as well as supplies, travel, equipment, and services.