2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Senegal
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Dollars in thousands
More than 30 years of internal conflict between the government of Senegal and the separatist Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance 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. Landmine clearance in the region has continued to facilitate the Casamance peace process and the return of internally displaced persons, encouraging stability.
From 2002 to 2017, the United States invested more than $5.9 million in CWD funding toward mine and UXO clearance, mine risk education, technical and non-technical surveys of suspected hazard areas, and capacity building.
In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partner (using FY16 funds):
- HI returned 60,923 square meters (15 acres) of priority land to productive use in Sédhiou and Ziguinchor regions by conducting technical survey with mechanical and manual clearance teams. HI also provided EOD training to build Senegalese capacity to clear ERW independently from international support.
With funding from the Department of Defense, USAFRICOM, U.S. Marine Corp Forces Africa (USMARFORAF), the Vermont National Guard, and the Austrian Verification Unit conducted a mission to Senegal to launch a PSSM program. The Senegal Humanitarian Mine Action Training Center will continue to use international and intergovernmental partners to provide a holistic approach to building capacity within the Senegalese Armed Forces.