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U.S. Government Collaborates with Ethiopian Defense Forces for Groundbreaking De-mining Initiative 

Representatives from the U.S. Embassy Office of Security Cooperation, DOD’s Humanitarian Demining Training Center, and the U.S. Department of State’s Weapons Removal and Abatement program joined officials from the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and the Ethiopian Mine Action Office (EMAO) for the launch event in Addis Ababa on January 15, 2024 ( Courtesy : U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa)

US Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, January 16, 2024 — Landmines, unexploded artillery shells, and other types of remnants of war litter former battlefields throughout Ethiopia, resulting in accidental civilian deaths and hindering farmers from returning to their fields.  These explosive remnants of war (ERW) imperil safety, threaten livelihoods, and hinders the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) of former combatants.  

To address this issue, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia’s Office of Security Cooperation and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) launched a historic collaboration with the Ethiopian National Defense Forces and the Ethiopian Mine Action Office (EMAO) January 15.  From January 15-19, a team from the DOD’s Humanitarian Demining Training Center and the U.S. Department of State’s Weapons Removal and Abatement program will work with the EMAO to conduct a Requirements Development Site Survey. The survey will help identify the scale of the explosive remnants of war contamination throughout Ethiopia, with the ultimate goal of improving civilian safety and agricultural productivity in affected regions. 

The primary objective of this exercise was to formulate a series of requirements for the EMAO, aligning them with available DoD and DoS resources.  A subsequent delivery of equipment, training, and additional resources will take place within the next six months.   

For 120 years, the United States and Ethiopia have partnered in health and education, agriculture and food security, science and the environment, security, and many other areas to improve the lives of all Ethiopians.

To learn more about the #Ethiopia_US120Years of partnership visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.      

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Gratefully accept the equipment but to be operated exclusively by Ethiopians. Never give access to military information of any kind including hardware, personnel, preparedness, base locations, etc, etc. Ethiopia must have learned by now never to trust ‘traditional, historical, blah, blah’ friends).

  2. Here goes USA again and at one of its best. It is helping its dearest friends in the old country to live without worrying about landmines made by the two goons in Moscow and Beijing. What do you think those hooligans in Moscow and Beijing are doing? The one in Moscow is busy slaughtering children, expecting mothers, the bed ridden sick and the helpless elderly. The other faceless despot in Beijing is jumping up and down in anger like an irate wild ape just because Taiwan just held a successful nationwide election. This one also busy churning millions of pounds of fentanyl active ingredients on one hand and stealing gold and other precious metals using his thieves trained for stealing. O boy, o boy! Do I have utter contempt for commies and their descendant by-products!!!

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