Posts tagged landmine survivors
Posts tagged landmine survivors
In 2012, Ken Rutherford attended a mass prosthetics fitting in Vietnam while participating in a peer support training workshop. He’s also traveled to other countries like Lebanon.
According to reports conducted by the United Nations, over 15,000 people are killed or injured by land mines around the world every year.
That is equivalent to more than half the population of the undergraduate students at JMU becoming amputees or dying due to unexploded ordinances. Though around the world it is not just young adults who are affected, as land mine victims are usually the elderly or children.
“Right now there are hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees outside Syria. Hundreds of thousands are in Jordan,” Ken Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, said. “When there is peace in Syria they are going to return home, and what they’re going to find is crumbled buildings mixed with unexploded ammunition.”
Broken lives, shattered hopes, ruptured families, lost limbs – these are the costs inflicted on innocent villagers by the plague of landmines.
Ma Theint Theint Moe talks about the landmine that took her leg in Kyaukkyi township, Bago Region. (Nyein Ei Ei Htwe/The Myanmar Times)
In interviews with The Myanmar Times, some of the victims recalled the day they made violent contact with the hidden menace beneath the earth and related the toll it has taken.
“Suddenly, I felt as if the earth had swallowed me up. Everything went black, but I felt no pain. Then, when I tried to stand up, I found my right leg was gone,” said Ma Theint Theint Moe.
In 2003 she became the first woman in her town to fall victim to the mines planted in Bago Region’s Kyaukkyi township, close to the border with Kayin State.
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A poster for Handicap International’s “Fashion Victim” campaign. The group says some countries continue to use landmines and cluster bombs, which leave many innocent victims in their wake. (CNW Group/Handicap International)
They have been called “weapons of mass destruction in slow motion” and have killed or maimed hundreds of thousands over the past century.
Today, landmine accidents claim about 12 lives per day in over 80 countries and territories around the world. There are an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 landmine survivors globally—most of whom are innocent civilians who have lost limbs or suffer permanent disability from their injuries.
Anti-landmine group Handicap International Canada aims to change these grim statistics with its new “Fashion Victim” campaign, which raises awareness of the ongoing use of landmines and cluster bombs and the many innocent victims they leave in their wake.
Princess Diana was making what would be one of her last visits in her life, visiting Bosnia to meet with people who had been injured or lost limbs because of landmines.
She met and listened to people’s stories of how they were coping since losing an arm or leg because of a landmine, and also of how having a prosthetic limb affected their everyday life.Diana met with one man who had lost both his feet because of standing on a landmine, she promised him that he would soon be getting replacement prosthetic feet, which were a gift from the Landmine Survivor’s network.(Click on the pics)
The ceremony of signing a document on launching the third phase of the project “Training on small businesses and micro-credit funds for victims of mines in Azerbaijan” was held on July 12 at the headquarters of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA).
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Azerbaijan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the framework of the socio-economic reintegration of mine victims.
"As part of the project 40 people affected by mines from Aghjabadi, Beylagan, Imishli, Saatli and Bilasuvar regions will be provided with micro-credits. Duration of the project is 15 months," ANAMA Director Nazim Ismayilov said.
The failure to clear landmines casts doubt on Myanmar’s peace processes
In a clean, spacious and well-aired room, two young boys are learning to walk again using their new prosthetic legs. The Hpa-an Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Centre in Kayin (or Karen) state is the only clinic of its kind in Myanmar. Financed almost entirely by the International Committee of the Red Cross (without any help from the state), the centre has fitted some 7,000 prosthetic limbs since its opening in 2003. Around two-thirds of those have gone to the victims of landmines.
Princess Astrid visits the REI Rehabilitation Centre for landmine survivors and other persons with disabilities in Cartagena, Colombia.
Geneva, Brussels 19 June 2013 – Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, a longtime advocate of landmine survivors’ rights, will add her voice as Special Envoy representing the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, in worldwide efforts to promote the landmark treaty.
Princess Astrid who has been part of the landmine movement for more than a decade will promote the Convention at a diplomatic level in states that have not yet joined the treaty. “I feel honored in having been called to promote the need for universal adoption of the Convention,” said Princess Astrid.
“While landmine casualties have decreased in no small part thanks to the Convention, mines are still the source of dreadful damage and suffering upon individuals. In 2011 alone 4,286 new victims – or 12 victims everyday – were recorded, most of them civilians. It is clear that efforts need to continue to end the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines.”
More photos from CISR Director Ken Rutherford’s Vietnam trip as part of CISR’s conflict survivor survey mission to adapt information management system along the lines of the Convention on the Rights and Dignity of People with Disabilities.
These four villagers, including 18-year-old Saw H—-, shown here on September 24th 2007, all lost the lower sections of one leg in separate incidents when, upon stepping on landmines, the lower part of the limb was blown off. The Myanmar-manufactured M-14 landmine, which the Myanmar Army regularly deploys in civilian areas in Karen State is often not fatal to adults but severely mutilates one or both of a victim’s legs. For young children and small animals, however, the risk of death from the M-14 landmines is far greater. [Photo: KHRG]
In the eight months from August 2012 to March 2013, at least nine people were killed and at least nine injured by landmines in Karen [Kayin] State in eastern Myanmar, according to the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG).
KHRG conducted surveys in seven areas—Taninthayi, Thaton, Hpa-An, Dooplaya, Papun, Nyaunglebin and Taungoo—and found that most of the landmine victims are from Dooplaya, Papun and Nyaunglebin, said Saw Albert, field director for the KHRG.
In the modern world today, a morally outlawed and victim activated weapon, (because no one controls the detonations), the antipersonnel landmine (AP mines) is still being used by a few selective governments and non-state armed groups. Due to indiscriminate use in the past (and present day) of landmines, thousands of people are killed or maimed. The victims include, children, civilians, aid workers, peacekeepers and soldiers.
AP mines are made of metal and plastic among other materials and contain explosives and pieces of shrapnel. During and after conflicts, these weapons can be found on roads, footpaths, farmer’s fields, forests, deserts, along borders, in and surrounding houses and schools, and in other places where people carry out their daily activities. The danger and the risk is that they can deny access to food, water, and other basic needs, and inhibit freedom of movement, limiting people’s ability to participate in education or access medical care.