The UK must rethink cutting support for MENA demining

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The UK has a new Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss. And, this month, she has been faced with the fallout of a surprise move made by her predecessor. Before taking up the post, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office signed off on plans to slash UK funding for humanitarian mine action by around 75 per cent. The cuts would be a catastrophic collapse in support that would harm the lives of vulnerable people across the world, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. “People in Iraq, Lebanon, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Vietnam would no longer receive any UK support for their ef…

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