- April 4 -

International Day for Mine Awareness

When a war comes to an end, combatants often leave behind landmines, abandoned ordnance and unexploded weapons like cluster bombs and grenades. They all pose a huge threat to civilians, particularly children who are drawn to play with unfamiliar objects. The threat of mines still exists in more...

International Day for Mine Awareness

When a war comes to an end, combatants often leave behind landmines, abandoned ordnance and unexploded weapons like cluster bombs and grenades. They all pose a huge threat to civilians, particularly children who are drawn to play with unfamiliar objects.
The threat of mines still exists in more than 80 countries. The most contaminated include Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.
Source:
http://www.unicef.org/emerg/index_32029.html
http://www.un.org/en/events/mineawarenessday/

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