Posts tagged landmine victims
Posts tagged landmine victims
The Control Group lends a helping hand to amputees
There are more than 300,000 victims of land mines and 20 percent of them are children. The Control Group, a Pacific Beach based tech company, recently took a break and built prosthetic hands for the amputees who need them.
"Excited is definitely the right word for it," said Sean Shahrokhi of the Control Group. “For the most part we’re sitting there in a very virtual environment. This is something that is actually tangible, we can hand it over to someone … There’s a little bit of magic to that.”
Each hand begins as 30 pieces of metal and plastic. Over the course of a couple of hours, it will turn into a prosthetic hand that can grip tightly enough to hold a pen, and has a wide enough grasp to grab an arm. The teams of employees who build the prosthetics wear blue mitts on one hand — so they can experience the difficulty many of these land mine victims can experience performing basic tasks.
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.
ANKARA, Turkey – Eight-year-old Behzat Ozen died and his 11-year-old friend was seriously injured by a landmine last month, their names growing the number of victims killed or maimed every year from unexploded ordnance that the Turkish government refuses to clean up from its war with the Kurds.
Ozen was tending his family’s animals with friend Tayfun Can at a field where they found and played with some live ordnance in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province.
The Social Awareness and Anti-Violence Association of Diyarbakır notes that people living in Kurdish cities — especially children – are frequent victims of mines and other explosive remnants, which have killed 6,360 people in Turkey by the end of 2011.
Ottawa urged to ratify cluster munitions treaty
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.
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.
The government of Yemen should investigate and respond to allegations that the Republican Guards laid banned antipersonnel landmines at a location north of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in 2011. Yemen should take immediate action to assist civilian victims of the recently laid mines and to clear the mine-affected areas.
Witness testimony collected by Human Rights Watch during a site visit, evidence gathered by a local human rights organization, and further evidence collected by an international journalist indicate that the former government’s Republican Guard forces laid antipersonnel landmines in 2011 around their military camps in the Bani Jarmooz area, near Sanaa. Community leaders told Human Rights Watch that Republican Guard forces have resisted the removal of these prohibited munitions despite the fact that the mines have caused at least 15 civilian casualties, including 9 children.
Photo: Fawaz Mohsin Saleh Husn al-Jarmoozi, age 9, lost his leg after stepping on a landmine on April 12, 2013. © 2013 Human Rights Watch
KOSOVO. Town of Pristina. Funerals of a man killed by a landmine after the war.
© Paolo Pellegrin
Landmine victim and anti-mine campaigner Chen Chang Li-yu on Saturday shows photographs of herself as a teenager in Kinmen County. Photo: CNA
Every year, more than 26,000 people — mostly civilians — die or are injured by landmines buried around the world. Two Taiwanese victims of landmines — Lee Hsi-sheng (李錫勝) and Chen Chang Li-yu (陳張麗玉) — have spent the better part of their lives dedicated to the anti-landmine campaign.
Lee, 74, said he was 19 when he stepped on a mine and lost his left leg.
“I was in peak physical condition then and was a member of a water sports team,” Lee said, adding that he could swim 10km without any problem.