On the occasion of marking the second anniversary of entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (August 1st), Landmine Survivors Initiatives, member of the Coalition for Cluster Munitions, and Coalition for Linking Mine Actions with Development (LMAD) are organizing music and informative performance which is going to take place in Sarajevo (in front of the Cathedral) starting at 12:00 hours.
Cluster Munitions Convention is the international treaty which was ratified by the 75 countries to date, and organizers would like to emphasize on increased number of countries adjoining this treaty aiming to ban use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions.
Furthermore, we called upon the BiH Government to:
- a)improve and adopt legislative framework to ensure quality strategic management of mine and cluster munitions actions,
- b)raise profile of mine and cluster munitions actions through linking with development strategies and initiatives, in order to ensure budgetary allocations for mine and cluster munitions actions and create conditions to ensure safe BiH from mines and cluster munitions by 2019, and 2021,
- c)provide support to most vulnerable landmine and cluster munitions survivors in their recovery and reintegration.
The event included performance of the Sarajevo Drum Orchestra and face-painting and figure-crafting made of balloons. The initiative lasted for 2 hours and was well visited by many people from throughout BiH and from Europe (Italy, Norway, Great Britain, Denmark, etc.). Most of them expressed interest to learn more on the problem cluster munitions cause in BiH.
Two cluster munitions survivors, mother and son, Ajka (49) and Aldin (21) Ibrahimovic, from Zivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina, both suffering injuries from “bomblets” at the biggest cluster munitions-related incident in BiH in 1995, were interviewed by media on their experience and recovery from trauma.
Representatives of the Embassies of Norway, the USA and the Great Britain, the UNDP, the BHMAC and the BiH Coalition for Linking Mine Action and Development, were also present at this event. Great support in implementing this initiative was provided by 8 Red Cross youth volunteers who distributed more than 500 leaflets and other promotional materials prepared for this occasion.
Event was very well covered by 7 media, reporting on this initiative in their prime time, thus introducing this initiative to all citizens throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Last Updated ( Friday, 03 August 2012 07:45 )