Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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landminesunricFrom March 29 till June 28, 2013 - The Royal Military Museum presents "MINES, treacherous weapons" - Pictures of victims and deminers in action.

From Cambodia to Libya, from Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq... For the past fifty years antipersonnel mines have claimed hundreds of thousands of victims in over ten countries. With this exhibition the Royal Military Museum wishes to sensitize the public to a problem that, unfortunately, remains current.

Some fifty UN-pictures of victims and deminers in action show both the tragedies brought about by these guileful weapons, and the efforts made to neutralize them. Demining equipment, uniforms, mines from the RMM collections and the Engineering Department illustrate Belgian demining operations from the Second World War till today.

Obtained at the end of the nineties and signed by 161 countries, amongst which Belgium, the Ottawa Treaty imposes a ban on antipersonnel mines. It calls for sensitization programs, as well as treatment and rehabilitation for victims. Numerous informative trilingual panels present the Belgian and UN demining operations.

The exhibition was set up jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the United Nations Mine Action Service and Handicap International, in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), the Flemish United Nations Association (VVN), the Association pour les Nations Unies (APNU) and the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War.

4 april Lend your leg : International Day against mines

lendalegAs an introduction to the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, on 4 April, Handicap International invites the public to "Lend a Leg". Everyone is invited to roll up a sleeve or trouser leg as a sign of solidarity with victims of landmines and to take a picture. Say no to mines and post your picture on before 4 April.

Press contact in the Royal Army Museum:

Marie-Hélène Billwatsch [email protected] - 0473/78 41 71 - Press file and pictures on request.

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