UNMAS

I have just discovered the UNMAS website. UNMAS is the United Nations Mine Action Service and their vision is:

a world free of the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development and where the needs of victims are met.”

UNMAS is : 

” Deeply alarmed by the number of mines that continue to be laid each year as

well as the presence of a decreasing but still very large number of, and area of

square kilometres contaminated by, mines and explosive remnants of war as a result

of armed conflicts, and therefore remaining convinced of the necessity and urgency

of strengthening mine-action efforts by the international community with a view to

eliminating the threat and the humanitarian impact of landmines and explosive

remnants of war to civilians as soon as possible.”

Unfortunately it seems, from all of the reading I have done, that the world will never be free of land mines: the coward’s weapon, the Devil’s device…they lie in wait.

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