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Join people around the world and land mine victimscalling for a final stop to landmines
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Bangkok, 4 April 2012:
In more than 70 countries thousands of people today, the InternationalDay for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, will roll-up their pant legs and standside-by-side with survivors and affected communities to call for a full stop to the harm landminesstill cause.Campaigners all over the world including those in Thailand will be taking part in Lend your Leg-an inspirational global day of action launched last month
to call for an end to the curse of antipersonnel mines.Aksel Steen-
Nilsen, Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand Programme Manager, said: “With this
simple action of rolling-up your pant leg we want to remind the world that landmines still presenta huge danger and is still devastating many innocent lives. In Thailand, we want all landmines inThailand
to be cleared by 2018 as our deadlines for the obligation of article 5, Mine Ban Treaty.”
From the Level 1 Survey by
Norwegian People’s Aid in 2000
-2001, Thailand has around 2,557square kilometers mine-affected areas. After 10 years of operation mainly by Thailand MineAction Center (TMAC) and demining NGOs, around 528 sq.km. of suspected and confirmedhazardous areas is now left to be tackled. Besides four Humanitarian Mine Action Units, four demining NGOs (NPA, TDA, Apopo and PRO) are working using the Land Release methodology.
believe this approach will speed up mine clearance operation and if Thailand hascommitment from the high level, this will enable Thailand to meet its deadline, added Aksel.
“Raising awareness and providing assistance for mine action and victim
s are very important.Thailand has developed significant progress in the past 13 years.
Survivor’s quality of lives has
been increased significantly but some of my friends still could not easily access the services. Wereally hope the effort would continue and victims in the ground would receive more benefit fromthis. I want to see Thailand having
zero new victims
(either person or elephant) in a very near future
Chusak Saelee, Leader of the Pong Nam Ron Landmine Survivor Network inChanthaburi province.
Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand
081 912 5255, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Peace Road Organisation Foundation089 203 6109,Ruangrit58@gmail.comFacebook: Peace Road Organization
Pong Nam RonLandmine Survivor NetworkChusakSaelee
089 935 0437Thai Civilian Deminers Association (TDA)firstname.lastname@example.org, 081 914 1527www.tda.or.th