INTERNATIONAL MINE AWARENESS DAY 2019

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Did you know?


Landmines injure or kill at least one person every 40 minutes. Over half of landmine causalities are civilians, and of those civilians more than 40% are children. Buried landmines can remain active for over 50 years. MLI's Mine Detection Dog teams can search land up to 30 times faster than manual deminers, without sacrificing safety and accuracy!

 

Today is International Mine Awareness Day, and as UN Secretary-General António Guterreswe said, we believe "all people have the right to live in security, and not fear their next step. Mine action clears paths and creates safe ground on which homes can be built or rebuilt. Mine action changes mindsets so that people know how to protect themselves. It gives people and communities new horizons and hope."

 

 
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Canine Ambassador Yankee conducts a mine detection demonstration at the UXO/Demining Caucus 

MLI attended the UXO/Demining Caucus on April 3, 2019, to educate Congressional members and staff about the valuable U.S. humanitarian demining programs. The event was held as a celebration of the April 4th International Mine Awareness Day. 

 

Our retired mine detection dog Yankee (pictured left, with MLI President Perry Baltimore), who helped to save lives and limbs in Sri Lanka by sniffing out landmines, was a guest of honor at the event as she demonstrated to attendees how she detected mines during her work years in Sri Lanka. Yankee loved meeting everyone and getting her picture taken with her new friends!

 

Mine Free Sarajevo 2020 initiative is kicked-off in Sarajevo today

 

There could not be a more appropriate day than April 4, International Mine Awareness Day, to kick-off the Mine Free Sarajevo 2020 initiative. MLI is proud to be a partner in this incredibly important project that will render the city of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina, mine free by 2020. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented in collaboration with the Mine Detection Dog Center in Sarajevo and ITF Enhancing Human Security, will "free Sarajevo and East Sarajevo from a legacy of war," as stated by U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia, the Honorable Eric Nelson. 

 

The initiative, which will release 8 million square meters of land in the next year, was kicked-off with a ceremony at the Sarajevo City Hall, attended by Ambassador Nelson, Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka, mayors of other municipalities where the project will be implemented, and project partners MDDC and ITF. 

 

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Bottom left: Sarajevo Mayor Abdulah Skaka (left) with the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia, the Honorable Eric Nelson (right)

Bottom right: U.S. Ambassador Nelson

Photo credit: U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo

 
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