DDG Marks International Mine Awareness DayDDG marked International Mine Awareness Day this week with events in Denmark and around the world from Libya, pictured above, to Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond. On the 4th April we collaborated with DanChurchAid to organize a street campaign in Copenhagen, on a gloriously sunny early spring day in the city centre.
Spirits and curiosity were high, with many members of the public approaching us to enquire about our activities, ask about mine awareness day and try out the mine carpet and detectors. We encountered people with a range of knowledge around mine action, from those who had no idea that it is an ongoing issue, to others who had direct experience with the dangers of mines and ERW and were happy to share their stories. In addition to the street campaign, we are running a two week photo exhibition at Café Nutid, which showcases the best photos we have been sent from our teams in the field. The event is free and is accompanied by information and stories from the field, presenting mine action in an interesting and informative manner, while introducing some background context to the countries in which we operate. Finally, on Friday the 7th April, DDG hosted a free screening of the Danish-German movie ‘Under Sandet’ (Land of Mine). The movie is based on mine clearance in Western Denmark after the Second World War and was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film. The event was a success with a high demand for tickets, with free beers afterwards kindly donated by local microbreweries Hanernes Bryghus and Dry and Bitter.
Outside of Denmark our teams in the field gathered to show their support for International Mine Awareness Day. DDG was part of the international #TOGETHERAGAINSTMINES online awareness campaign that was all over social media platforms, in a global effort to raise awareness of the ongoing dangers of mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). The day was marked with various events, including one organized by one of our MRE teams in the Darkar camp in Kurdistan, which hosts Yazidi IDPs. Activities included children performing two theatre plays to an audience in the camp, as well as playing songs and music. DDG distributed water, cake and juice to those in attendance, and a great day was had by all.
In Afghanistan, our staff celebrated International Mine Awareness Day by raising awareness of the plight of explosive ordnance in conflict-affected regions, with representatives from local authorities and conflict affected populations in attendance at the DRC-DDG multi-service community center hub in Kabul. DDG showcased its work across the country, clearing and disposing of landmines and ERW. Participants of the event received a risk education session and had the chance to interact with deminers in their gear, who explained to the audience the nature of their work.
Many more events occurred at our offices around the world. We thank and acknowledge the continuing efforts of our staff at DDG, who bravely and tirelessly work towards a mine free world, creating a safe environment where people can live free from armed violence and remnants of conflict.