A cloud of smoke over the site of a controlled detonation of a mine by United Nations Mine Clearance Service (UNMAS) experts after a demining exercise of a mine rigged during the civil war in the village of Gondokoro in Juba, the capital of South Sudan swells, January 26, 2022. (AFP via Getty Images)
JUBA, South Sudan—At least 10 people, including three children, have died in South Sudan after mistaking unexploded bombs for scrap metal.
Jarriver county commissioner James Bak confirmed Thursday’s accident in western Bahr el-Ghazal, saying two other children were injured.
He said that when people in the Jebel Mir area were collecting mangoes, they encountered an unexploded ordnance and deduced that it was scrap metal. started, he said.
“It killed seven women and three children,” Bak told the Associated Press. The mother of the injured children also died.
Landmines and other unexploded ordnance remain a major problem in South Sudan, which is recovering from a five-year civil war that ended in 2018. United Nations Mine Clearing Service. Hundreds of victims are children.
The local commissioner urged locals to report the unknown object without handling it.