04 APRIL 2015 Kathmandu – Wars between countries, within country and various groups in different part of the world has seeded thousands of mines during their battle and the victims are often civilian mostly farmers, children and women who bares to walk through the one of the most dangerous form of unknown explosives and looses their lives. If someone survive that also has to live with disability for life.
To Aware the public, The United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed on April 4 each year. This day aims to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication.
United Nations Mine Awareness Day
Mine Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the dangers of landmines.
What do people do
Awareness programs and activities to mark the day take place in many countries around the world on April 4 every year. Activities for these awareness-raising events include photo exhibits, press conferences, film screenings, educational displays and community chats. Public events may include public statements from land mine surivivors, mine action theatre performances and mine risk education demonstrations.
The day aims to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication. “Mine action” refers to a range of efforts to clear landmines and explosive remnants of war and to mark and fence off dangerous areas. It also includes assisting victims, teaching people how to remain safe in a mine-affected environment, advocating for universal participation in international treaties related to landmines, explosive remnants of war and their victims, and destroying landmines stockpiled by governments and non-state armed groups.
The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is a global observance and not a public holiday.
On 8 December 2005, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared that April 4 of each year would be officially proclaimed and observed as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. It was first observed on April 4, 2006.
It called for continued efforts by states, with assistance from the UN and relevant organizations, to help establish and develop national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive war remnants constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of people, or hinders social and economic development at the national and local levels.
According to the Landmine Monitor Report 2005, 84 countries were affected by landmines and non-exploded ordnance, which together kill or maim between 15,000 and 20,000 adults and children annually. The UN works together with countries to find and destroy these devices. It also helps to provide various mine-action services in many countries.
Our Nation also has thousands of land mines which was planted during 10 year long civil war lead by Maoist insurgency from 1996 to 2006 and defusing them is a big task still, few children and women are dying every year after they are playing those explosives unknowingly in the farms and jungles.
Stay safe, get alerted and let’s spread the world of safety and landmines around you.