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Peru: Raising awareness of the dangers of landmines

19-09-2003 News Release 03/112

A second campaign on the dangers of anti-personnel landmines, organized by the Peruvian Mine Action Centre (CONTRAMINAS) with the support of the ICRC and the Organization of American States (OAS), came to an end this week in the department of Junín (central Sierra), Peru.

The event was part of the 2003 National Mine-Awareness Plan for the Central Sierra, a community-based project using various art forms to convey important messages about mines.

During the first phase of the plan, a technical team trained teachers and community leaders so that they could go on to spread the messages in their respective towns and villages. The team was made up of representatives from the national police, the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs, the ICRC and the OAS, and two mine accident survivors.

So far, 275 teachers and 110 community leaders have taken part in the training workshops, in which they have learned various methods of spreading information and devised their own messages to be used in specific situations.

As part of the second phase of the plan, which is ongoing, the trained teachers and community leaders hold day-long awareness-raising sessions. In order to help pass on the messages, they also hand out pullovers, rulers, notebooks, pencils and Parcheesi board games, and organize discussion groups, puppet shows, painting contests and plays. Along with these activities, which are met with much enthusiasm, come evenings of dancing, singing and torch-lit marches.

 Further information:  

 Dafne Martos, ICRC Lima, tel. ++511 460 27 19  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++4122 730 24 58