Posts tagged mine action
Posts tagged mine action
A wonderful mine and unexploded ordnance risk-education show for kindergarteners in Sulaimaniyeh, Iraqi Kurdistan, under the direction of Mohammad Al Naqib’s MRE team and hosted by friend Soran Hakim. The presentation was spot on and hospitality second to none.
The giant bunny pointed at a picture of a landmine with a skull-and-crossbones beside it and asked, “Does anyone know what this is?” One child shouted out, “It’s a pot, and Mommy puts those bones in it to make soup!”
CISR’s director, Dr. Ken Rutherford, and trauma rehabilitation specialist, Cameron Macauley, arrived this evening (February 28) in Iraq with a late-night walk about Erbil to shake off jet lag.
They are preparing for a scoping mission centered on unexploded ordnance and landmine-risk education for Syrian refugees in Northern Iraq based on a CISR arts-based program that includes survivors and people with disabilities
The University of Coimbra in Portugal has received a mechanical leg up from Kitchener Ontario-based Clearpath Robotics.
The Canadian robotics company has donated a mobile robotic base to the University to aid in their research on automated landmine removal.
The donation was made through Clearpath’s grant program “Partnerbot,” part of Clearpath’s ongoing commitment to supporting university research teams. The team at Coimbra hopes to program the robot to analyze and navigate terrain, and to detect and disable buried mines. For its part, the donated base ‘bot is equipped with navigation sensors, ground penetrating radar and metal detecting arm.
The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$1,248,046 (approximately Rs. 160 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).
The ‘Project for Humanitarian Mine Action for Livelihood Recovery in Northern Sri Lanka’, implemented by Mines Advisory Group (MAG) has been provided a sum of US$ 591,447 (approximately Rs. 77 million) while the ‘Project for Peace Building through Demining in Northern Sri Lanka’ implemented by Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony Sri Lanka (DASH) has been provided a sum of US$656,599 (approximately Rs. 86 million) both of which would contribute to expedite the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to make mine contaminated areas safe lands for people to return and resume their livelihood.
Japan has been a major donor supporting mine clearance in Sri Lanka to accelerate the return and resettlement of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to facilitate recommencement of agriculture and other livelihood activities of returnees. Since 2003, the Government of Japan has provided a sum of US$27 million for demining activities in the North and the East under its Grant Assistance schemes.
CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford and students from St. Francis Catholic Central School, Morgantown, W.Va., at the Mine Ban Treaty event in Washington, D.C. on February 19.
The students are part of the West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs, under the direction of their teacher and long-time friend, Nora Sheets.
"I was walking in the fields and trampled on a land mine. I have lost my leg. It was a couple of years after the Genocide, during which I lost part of my family."
— Jean Bosco, Butare, Rwanda
Image by Tomaso Clavarino. Rwanda, 2014.
Forthcoming Pulitzer Center-sponsored project “We Are the Past.”
The U.S. government is being urged to conclude a review of national policy on landmines that has dragged on for more than four years, a lag that some say has indirectly led to the injury or death of more than 16,000 people.
Rights and advocacy groups are now mounting a new campaign to urge President Barack Obama to finish the review, hold true to pledges that have been lingering for years, and formally join an international treaty to ban antipersonnel mines. In a letter sent to the president on Friday and publicly circulated on Monday, critics of U.S. policy on the issue urged the administration to sign on to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and to move to begin to destroy the millions of landmines that remain in the country’s stockpiles.
“Your administration’s review is now into its fifth year, and it is hard to understand why the process should be delayed any further, particularly after the administration said more than one year ago that the review would conclude ‘soon’,” the letter, signed by 17 rights, watchdog and advocacy groups on behalf of several hundred civil society organizations, states.
Documentary: “Picking Up the Pieces”
Clearing the thousands of mines left in the war-torn villages of Sri-Lanka is a dangerous and demanding job for those that have been assigned with the responsibility of doing it.
The all-female de-mining team of Sri Lanka’s northern Mannar district struggles in the blazing heat to navigate the hazardous task at hand and systematically clear the villages of all the traces of war that remain in a place long after the conflict itself has passed.
Following the women we witness the excitement and fear each time a mine is found and get to see how many of the women take the job to support their families, due to the cruel brunt of war leaving them as the sole breadwinners.
They clear the villages of landmines not simply because it is their job, but because they are are all personally involved, each with their own losses and tales of hardship and are keen to finish the job so that people can move back home from refugee camps and begin to live in peace again.
SaveOneLife boot sole detects land mines within a 6.5 mile radius
Colombia and Egypt share at least one unfortunate plague: land mines. Nearly 20 percent of the world’s land mines are strewn throughout Egypt’s western desert and the Sinai peninsula, while in Colombia, they have killed 2,000 people over the last two decades. Lemur Studio designed a life-saving solution – SaveOneLife.
The Bogota-based firm tackled a challenge that many others have attempted before them: how to save people from invisible land mines, which maim and kill soldiers, farmers and innocent civilians in former and current conflict zones all across the globe?
Egyptian scientists are working on using bacteria and plants to root out land mines, an Afghan designer modeled his wind-powered bamboo mine sweeper after a childhood toy, but Lemur Studio has taken an entirely different approach.