The Swedish government has donated SEK 75 million ($8.3
million) to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to continue removing
mines and explosive devices from the areas formerly occupied by ISIS.
“With this contribution from Sweden, UNMAS will be able to better support communities with explosive hazard management, risk education, and capacity enhancement initiatives in support of the Iraqi government,” the UN said in a statement.
Since Iraq announced ISIS military defeat in late 2017, UNMAS has cleared over 1,100 sites of explosive devices the extremist group left behind.
“These include bridges, water plants, power plants, hospitals, schools, etc. that were once the strongholds of ISIS and which were littered with explosive hazards after their defeat.”