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Monongalia Arts Center
107 High Street
Morgantown, WV 26507
Jan. 11-26, 2013
Opening Public Reception
Friday, Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m.
PSALM student guides available from 6-7 p.m.
The Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, W.Va. presents “A Nobel Cause: Portraits of Peace”. WVCBL/PSALM students (West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs/Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs) painted portraits of International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) campaigners, including a painting of CISR Director Ken Rutherford.
Rutherford was a cofounder of Landmine Survivors Network, which was a leader in ICBL, and spoke as a survivor advocate in the 1990s. In October 2012, he gave a speech at West Virginia University on how medical students can alleviate the negative impact of landmines.
The exhibit also features photographs that depict a timeline celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning ICBL.
To learn more about the Campaigns to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions, please visit:
International Campaign to Ban Landmines: www.icbl.org
United States Campaign to Ban Landmines: www.uscbl.org
West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs: www.wvcbl.org
Kabibi Tabu, a 23-year old young woman who lost both legs and her six-month old baby in a landmine blast in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Raising Awareness: Princess Diana strokes landmine victim Sandra Tigica’s face in 1997
She was 13 and about to receive a prosthetic leg when Princess Diana visited her.
Poignant images of Sandra Tigica’s 1997 meeting with the Princess of Wales were beamed around the globe, highlighting the appalling problems in Angola, which had the world’s highest rate of death and disability caused by landmines.
Sandra’s left leg had been blown off by a landmine three years earlier as she fled from fighting in her country’s civil war.
Malek Mohammad received treatment in the U.S. after becoming the victim of land mine explosions.
DIVING IN: Afghan amputee Malek Mohammad trains in a swimming pool in Kabul. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP)
War photographer Giles Duley with his loving partner Jennie Robertson
It is an overcast morning and commuters are shuffling along the streets of London. In their midst a man walks tall, his keen eyes taking in life all around him, and there’s a smile on his face. Giles Duley is overjoyed to be alive.
After spending ten years photographing the stars of the music world, he had become disillusioned, put his belongings into storage and decided to do something ‘more worthwhile’. That meant roaming the globe, documenting the plight of refugees and the victims of war.
It was a decision that almost cost him his life. On February 7 last year, he was on patrol with American soldiers in Afghanistan when he stepped on a landmine, suffering terrible injuries that would make him a triple amputee, with just his right arm remaining.
The story of Elvis the HeroRat with his cute twitchy nose is already the stuff of legend and carries a weighty importance.
A German NGO is adopting APOPO HeroRat Elvis on behalf of a landmine victim in a wonderful gesture stretching the hand of friendship across the continents… It means Elvis the HeroRat can get ready to shake, rattle and roll in aid of the humanitarian de-mining charity APOPO.
In a magnificent practical and symbolic gesture the German NGO KKNH is sponsoring Elvis the HeroRat on behalf of Elvis the human, a landmine survivor of the Bosnian war, thereby bestowing the gift of godparenthood to the human adopter.
German NGO Kriegskindernothilfe (KKNH) provides emergency assistance for child victims of war, and for years the org has supported Elvis, a landmine casualty from Sarajevo.
Ms. Margaret Arach Orech, the founder and director of Uganda Landmine Survivors Association and also the Ambassador of the International Campaign to ban landmines narrates her ordeal. Photo by Sarah Tumwebaze
On December 22, 1998, we were travelling from Kitgum to Kampala. I sat at the front of a minibus and had a 50 kilogramme bag of oranges between my legs. The journey was quiet and smooth. But about 20 minutes from Kitgum Town, suddenly an explosion went off.
At first, I thought the tyres had burst. But then people were screaming around me. When I turned, everyone was covered in blood. I turned to look at my neighbour and I noticed that she had lost her left arm. While I was trying to comprehend what had befallen us, I heard gun shots and saw rebels running towards the minibus.
The first thing that came to my mind was to run for my dear life. I lifted my legs to run, but then I realised that my right leg was missing. It was cut right above the knee level.
By Mark Jenkins
Delicately brushing away the soil with his fingers, Aki Ra uncovers a dark green land mine buried two inches beneath the overgrown dirt road. The size of a large soup can, the mine was planted by the Khmer Rouge about 15 years ago on this ox track in northwestern Cambodia—the most densely mined region of one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.
“This is the type 69 Bouncing Betty made in China,” says Aki Ra, his breath fogging the blastproof visor of his helmet. Bouncing Betty is the American nickname for a bounding fragmentation land mine. The pressure of a footstep causes it to leap out of the ground and then explode, spraying shrapnel in every direction. It can shred the legs of an entire squad.
Soft-spoken and cherubic, Aki Ra knows the inner workings of the Bouncing Betty and just about every other variety of mine. In the mid-1970s, when he was five, the Khmer Rouge separated him from his parents and took him into the jungle with other orphans. At that time, Pol Pot, commander of the Khmer Rouge, had plunged the country into chaos, closing schools, hospitals, factories, banks, and monasteries; executing teachers and businessmen; and forcing millions of city dwellers into a gulag of labor camps and farms. The small hands of children like Aki Ra were invaluable tools. He was trained to lay land mines, defuse and deconstruct enemy mines, and reuse the TNT for what are now called improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
How to help a veteran — or how to help a veteran help himself. When Eric Greitens, a Navy SEAL, returned from deployment after surviving an IED explosion, he visited Bethesda Naval Hospital. As he talked to some wounded Marines, he asked them what they were going to do now, since they were wounded. The overwhelming answer was they wanted to continue to serve. As one Marine told him, “I lost my legs — that is all. I did not lose my desire to serve, or my pride in being an American.”
Eric realized that far from wanting to be served, many veterans want to continue to serve. They may be wounded, but they are not incapable of being an asset to society. To help them in their efforts to continue to serve, Greitens used his combat pay, and with two others and their disability checks, The Mission Continues began.