Report from the sites of mine actionIn April 2014, local staff members from AAR Japan’s offices in Afghanistan and Sudan, who have been providing landmine/UXO (unexploded ordnance) action, came to Japan to participate in training sessions and workshops here. They reported to the Japanese people what the current situation of landmine damage and injury is like and what kind of assistance they have been organizing; while sharing challenges, actions and creative ideas from daily operations with us.
Reporting their activities at a general meeting of the Diet Members’ Federation Who Push for a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines
|“With proper education, victims can change their lives just like me,” said Nader (April 10th, 2014).|
Nader, from our Afghanistan Office, who himself was a victim of UXO said: “Recently, not only landmines but also UXOs have been inflicting serious injury on us, especially on children in many cases. These children need educational support above all.” He also said, by way of appreciation for the Federation’s efforts and support from Japan: “Thanks to the support from Japan through AAR, I was able to acquire a command of English and computer literacy, which has enabled me to contribute to the reduction of mine damage in my country, just like the way I am doing now.” At the general meeting, the Diet Members’ Federation kindly donated 500,000 JPY to AAR for the promotion of landmine-risk education and the provision of assistance to landmine/UXOs victims.
Introducing their activities as well as the culture and life in their countries
|Sana, from our Sudan Office|
“I want to be helpful to those who live in the region that is contaminated by landmines/UXOs.
(April 11th, 2014 at the multipurpose hall of the head office of Global Youth Bureau Co., Ltd.)
After they listened to each other’s briefings, the members of the two offices exchanged their opinions, which included: “I think that an approach such as mine risk education through a region-initiative style adopted by Afghanistan is very effective in the areas where public security has been deteriorating. I would like to put it to the test in Sudan, too.”
“In Afghanistan, experiences have led us to realize the importance of getting teachers and religious leaders involved in our activities. I sincerely hope that people in Sudan will give full consideration to this suggestion.”
Some participants in the session also gave us feedback, which included the following two examples: “It was interesting to me that how to tackle the same problem varies from country to country.”
“Nader, who overcame his misfortune and has been playing an active role, has truly inspired me.”
|“We hope that our direct report to the Japanese people|
will trigger a greater concern about landmine-related issues,”
said the four visitors.
(April 11th, 2014)
|The donations received on this day amounted to 16,279 yen.|
AAR will appreciatively make the best use of these
donations to provide further mine action.
AAR’s fulfillment of further mine actionSome 20 years have passed since AAR started to work on landmine/UXOs action, and this is the first opportunity for local staff members to exchange views and opinions with one another.
We will continue to do our utmost to accomplish further landmine action, sharing with one another our experiences and knowledge, as former local staff members have steadily accumulated in each country over the past two decades.
Activities in Afghanistan.
Activities in Sudan.