Mine action awareness in CopenhagenIn connection with the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Danish Demining Group (DDG) and DanChurchAid (DCA) created a mine field exhibition and hosted a movie night to raise public awareness in Denmark on the ongoing issue of mines and their victims.
April 4th 2016 was the 11th International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Declared as such by the UN General Assembly, the day is part of an effort to focus the attention of States, the United Nations, and the international civil society on eliminating the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in conflict-affected countries.
On Monday, April 4th, volunteers from DDG and DCA donned protective suits and created a mine field exhibition on Dronning Louises Bro in Copenhagen using disabled mines found in the field. The theme of the event, “JORDEN ER GIFTIG” was showcased on a large banner, attracting a large and interested crowd. The phrase, which translates to “the earth is toxic”, is simultaneously the name of a popular childhood game, in which participants climb on furniture to avoid touching the ground, and connects the ongoing problem of mines and ERW with their most frequent victims – playing children. National TV and radio stations provided event coverage, which can be found via the following links:
Furthermore, DDG and DCA hosted additional events on April 5th and 7th aimed at providing interested participants with a more in-depth understanding of mine action and UXO disposal:
April 5th: Movie night at Café Nutid on Nørregade in Copenhagen. ‘The Hurt Locker’, about an American Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team in Iraq, will be shown in combination with MRE films recently developed by the DDG Afghanistan team.
April 7th: Stories from the field. Café Nutid will host an exhibition of pictures and stories from the mine action field. The documentary-maker Nagieb Khaja will come by to show clips and talk about his upcoming film, ‘Under Russia’s Fist’ from Aleppo.