|MRE sessions conducted using the original education materials (November 22nd, 2013, Kassala) |
In 24th March, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Sudan, Ryoichi HORIE, visited our project site in Kassala state, Eastern Sudan where AAR conducts the mine risk education (MRE) project. For this occasion, AAR Japan, together with local residents, organized an event to introduce the MRE program to the Ambassador. Takashi UJIKAWA of Sudan Office reports.
Presenting Mine Risk Education Activities with Local Residents
|More than 250 people attended the event, amidst the heat of over 40 degrees Celsius (March 24th, 2014)|
Demonstrating Mine Risk Education SessionAt the event, our field officers demonstrated a part of the MRE session that MRE teams have conducted in the village and introduced songs composed to deliver correct information on landmines among others. In addition, the students of the Darasta elementary school presented local traditional songs and a short play on mine risk education, which they prepared with AAR Japan's staff. The short play began with students trying to go into a hazardous area where landmines are buried in order to collect scrap metals. The teachers of Darasta elementary school and MRE officers joined these children and demonstrated a great performance. Dialogues within the short play were very entertaining to watch, which received wild applause from the audience.
|Short play by the children of Darasta elementary school|
|AAR Japan's MRE field officers, Yousif (left) and Mustafa (right) giving the demonstration of MRE session.|
At the end of the program, we had the honor of receiving a speech from Ambassador, Ryoichi HORIE. In the speech, we received words of encouragement that
"Sudan receives attention and focus often on the theme of its conflict resolution as there are unceasing conflicts within the country as well as in its surrounding nations. However, it is also crucially important how to regain the life of peace and stability after the conflict. Mine action is a vital initiative to regain peace and stability and thus is important for the future of Sudan."
Through this event, I too further realized the importance of mine action and the fact that our activities have been built upon the support of so many people. The event was covered by the local media and was later broadcasted inthe TV news program nationwide. I would like to express my appreciation to the Ambassador who had visited our project site despite his busy schedule and to all the people who supported us in this event. AAR Japan will continue our work vigorously towards a mine-free Sudan.
|Takashi UJIKAWA (the reporter) wearing sword and jalabeya (local male clothes) presented by the County Chief of Telkok locality. "Does it look good?"|