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The bus trip that changed his life

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has partnered with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in South Sudan to clear the roadways of hazardous items to ensure humanitarian access. The project  addresses risk education and support for the coordination of mine action operations throughout the country.  For the road clearance project ECHO provided UNMAS with €1.5 million that was used between July 2013 and June 2014.

As part of the project, UNMAS and ECHO launched an outreach and advocacy campaign in London on July 28 2014. Focusing on one young boy named Gatwech, who was seven-years-old when the bus he was travelling in hit a landmine, the campaign aims to raise awareness about the impact of landmines and the important support, provided by the EU to clear the roads in South Sudan and allow civilians to travel safely.

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