International Campaign

Posted by marmara on May 17, 2017

Lend your leg: show your leg for mine victims. Over 500,000 people worldwide have their legs due to accidents with landmines or arms lost and depend on support for life. 15 years ago, the international campaign against land mines has achieved the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty and received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Treaty entered into force on 1 March 1999 but still lacks important signatories such as the United States, and many victims still waiting for support. “Handicap international and SODI therefore start on March 1, 2012, the action show your leg for mine victims”. “The action is part of the worldwide campaign to lend your leg”, which among other things by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Colombian Star Juanes and supported German celebrities such as Doris Dorrie, Ulrike Folkerts and Sebastian Krumbiegel. “The international land mine campaign ICBL will lend your leg” on the 1st of March in Geneva together with the Colombian Fundacion Arcangeles and the UN mine action service before. Handicap International and SODI call even in Germany young people and adults, celebrities and politicians to solidarity and actions on through a simple gesture: a trouser legs beaten-up.

All can participate with photos on the campaign Web site,, on Facebook or in real life: with a beaten-up pant leg in schools, at sporting events, political events, festivals… The climax of the action there on April 4, the UN day for awareness about the danger of mines, events in Berlin and Munich. SODI and handicap international know the danger of mines from their project work in affected countries. Both tell stories with photos and make contact available. Use the current campaign and the two anniversaries, the 1st of March and 4 April, as an occasion to report on the landmine problem and mine victims! Engaged currently in Libya in the clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war, as well as in the risk disclosure statement, to more accidents prevented Handicap International.

Support for many years the organization also in Cambodia and many other countries the victims of land mines. I’ve seen how stagnated demining work in heavily affected regions, because the funds were missing in Cambodia. It is extremely important that the international support for people affected by mines and regions does not let”, says Eva Maria Fischer, spokeswoman for campaign by Handicap International Germany. SODI also implemented projects for the Elimination of landmines and explosive remnants of war in Laos and Viet Nam with risk education to prevent further accidents. The measures be complemented by development projects to help the affected communities, to overcome consequences of war and poverty. In Laos, the authority had just 2,000 euros last year to the supply by nine new victims. This is not far from to get up alone for the emergency medical care, not only to help with the trauma relief for sufferers and their families think. “, emphasizes Marion Gnanko, SODI project manager for humanitarian demining. The campaign video with Ban Ki-moon delivered at the press conference in Geneva on the mediacenter available and is visible on zeigdeinbein.de. Find press photo by Doris Dorrie and photos from mined countries a press kit for the campaign and their backgrounds can be found here. Information:-Dr. Eva Maria Fischer, Handicap International 089/54 76 06 0176/99, 13 28 41 35,, – Marion Gnanko, solidarity service international e.V. (SODI) 030 / 928 6047, 0179/52 870 14,, – common information platform

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