Awareness of an imminent danger is a sort of empowerment that can enable children to avoid the harm posed by such a menace.
The ongoing danger of mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) to children was the focus of an open day held by the United Nations-sponsored Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA).
“Because of poverty, many children have to collect metal and sell it as scraps for living. Children are also curious, and they want to play with unexploded ordnance,” said Mohammad Sediq Rashed, Director of MACCA.
Despite progress in de-mining efforts, many people, particularly children, are at risk of being killed or disabled by landmines and ERW as the country still has over 4,500 areas, covering some 521 square kilometres of land, contaminated with mines and explosive remnants of war, according to MACCA.
The open day event coincided with the UN’s International Day of Peace – a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
To celebrate the Day, MACCA invited schoolchildren to its Kabul premises to participate in painting and drawing competitions centred on raising awareness of the dangers of mines and ERW. The open day’s programme also included a brief presentation on Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan and the work of MACCA.