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Land mines hinder food security in South Sudan

In South Sudan, land mines are still a problem, according to For officials and residents, the issue of food security is one that cannot be achieved without first the elimination of land mines. 

The area of Loggo east is still "highly contaminated" by anti-tank land mines, according to the news source. An organization called Sudan Integrated Mine Action Service (SIMAS) has been clearing mines in Liria, near Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and plans to do more in the Loggo east region.

A field coordinator for SIMAS has expressed the need for more financial support.

"It's my hope and indeed the hope of all the national NGOs that 2011 will be different and full of good things. We expect that South Sudan Demining Authority will make efforts to provide us with funding," said Madut Akol of SIMAS.

SIMAS has worked with UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund), UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) as well as UNMAO (UN Mine Action Office).

Sudan has a population of more than 45 million people, with a median age of 18.5 years, according to the CIA World Factbook. The capital city is Khartoum. However, Southern Sudan voted for independence and will become its own country on July 9, 2011, according to the BBC.
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