Posts tagged survivors
Posts tagged survivors
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.
Mohammed Hanif is tended to by his grandfather. He was injured after he picked up an unexploded device. Many children in Afghanistan are injured when playing with UXOs (Unexploded Ordnance).
Every agonising detail of the split seconds during which his life was torn apart are seared on the memory of renowned photographer Giles Duley.
The sound of the click made by the pressure plate in the landmine as he stepped on it, the sensation of being thrown through the air by the explosion, the realisation he had lost three of his limbs after being blown up by an improvised explosive devise while covering the Afghanistan war in 2011, are all as clear as if it were yesterday.
But undeterred by his horrific injuries, Giles vowed to return to the war-torn country once he had undergone gruelling rehabilitation to detail the plight of the Afghani people caught up in the conflict.
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)
In April, CISR Peer Support Specialist Cameron Macauley returned to Burundi to assist in the training of new peer support workers for a program expansion into Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital. CISR’s Burundian partner since 2010, CEDAC (Center for the Education and Development for Ex-Combatants) operates a highly successful program for survivors of war-related violence in Muramvya, a community about 20 miles east of the capital. CEDAC’s peer-support workers provide counseling and psychosocial support to survivors who are recovering from traumatic experiences suffered during Burundi’s civil conflict, which ended in 2006.
With support from CISR, CEDAC implemented a new monitoring and evaluation system last June to assess the results of its work with 363 survivors. Preliminary data suggests that CEDAC’s services are overwhelmingly successful, with 99 percent of survivors reporting positive changes in their lives as a direct result of peer support.
With generous assistance from Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), a London-based nongovernmental organization, CEDAC will begin providing services in Bujumbura, where thousands of war survivors still need assistance. This most recent training prepared 30 women with disabilities to offer peer support in the capital. CEDAC’s supervisors were also trained to respond to issues related to disability, such as discrimination, domestic violence, and lack of access to schools, clinics and government buildings. Participants also learned how to help survivors overcome low self-esteem and how to build self-confidence.
“With help from CISR and AOAV we hope to eventually become a national organization,” said Eric Niragira, CEDAC’s executive director. “We look forward to the day when all war survivors can participate fully in Burundian society.”
~ Cameron Macauley, CISR Peer Support and Trauma Rehabilitation Specialist
Three more days! Our program experts show their support for landmine and explosive-remnants-of-war survivors. #LendYourLeg
In the modern world of internet, telecommunications, mass media and whatnot, the ability for individuals to find platforms to express themselves is simply astonishing. However, one group I keep looking for and have some difficulty finding is landmine survivors. There are many, many landmine survivor stories available on line, but many of them are filtered through one of the many (worthy) organizations working in mine action. The survivors’ voices are selected for their ability to convey the message the mine action organization needs to communicate, often related to fund-raising. The opportunities to hear directly from survivors in an unfiltered manner are few, but notable. What follows is a non-exhaustive list of survivor voices which provides some sense of the breadth of landmine survivors who are telling their own stories, on behalf of themselves and their peers.
Geneva – Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is donating €100,000 on behalf of Uefa to help rehabilitate Afghans who have lost limbs, mostly landmine victims, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.
It is the second time that the Real Madrid and Portugal forward – who has featured a record seven times in the uefa.com user’s poll for Team of the Year – has contributed to the ICRC’s network of seven orthopedic centers in Afghanistan, it said.
“For me it’s a great honour to be able to help others, and it makes me extremely happy to do so,” said Ronaldo, who is to present the cheque before kick-off in Madrid on Wednesday night ahead of the Champion’s League match against his former team Manchester United.
Afghanistan is one of the most mine contaminated countries in the world. It is believed that there are still about a million mines in the country, killing and maiming hundreds of people every year. According to media reports, five civilians, including four members of a family, were killed when a mine went off in Khaneshin District of Helmand province on 2 February 2013.
As a result of an unexploded ordinance explosion, 10 children were killed and two others were seriously wounded in the eastern Afghan province of Nangrahar in December 2012, according to media reports.
According to Landmine and Cluster Munition Report, at least 812 casualties, caused by mines, victim-activated improvised explosive devices (IED), and explosive remnants of war (ERW), were identified in 2011 in Afghanistan. The report says that mines of all types, including victim-activated IEDs, caused the most casualties, 436, and the vast majority of the victims, 716, about 88 percent of the total number of casualties in 2011, were civilian.
Santos stated that the government will continue to help people affected by armed conflict, promising that “the quality and quantity of psychosocial support to victims” will be improved in 2013.
The Colombian President also highlighted the achievements of 2012, wherein 157,013 victims of violence were compensated, allegedly exceeding the year’s target by 47%.