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Jordan: Raising awareness of the danger of mines

17-03-2004 News Release 04/35

On 9 March the ICRC and the Jordan National Red Crescent Society launched a programme to raise awareness of the danger of mines and unexploded ordnance at a ceremony that included a speech by the National Society’s secretary-general, Fahed El-Ejjeh, and was followed by a three-day workshop.

Just a day before, in two separate incidents on Jordanian soil, a woman was killed by a mine that also badly injured her two children, and another two persons suffered serious harm attempting to clear mines.

Jordan has had mines on its territory since the 1940s, and conflicts in more recent times have simply added to their numbers. Accidents occur regularly and place a heavy burden on local communities.

The workshop was attended by 25 Red Crescent volunteers from mine-affected communities all over the country. “It is important to draw on past experience when setting up new programmes,” said Johan Sohlberg of the ICRC. “That is why veteran staff from the Lebanese Red Cross Society and the Iraqi Red Crescent Society have been brought in to help with the workshop.”

Workshop participants will soon begin visiting and informing communities about the danger of mines and unexploded ordnance, and will later attend another workshop to complete their training.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Mu'in Kassis, ICRC Amman, ++962 6 5688645