2016 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Senegal
|DOS NADR - CWD||0||0||400||2,905|
|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.
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.