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Humpty Dumpty Institute Hosts Landmine Education Tour
to Phoenix, AZ

September 27-28, 2010


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On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) hosted a Landmine Education Presentation at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, AZ. The presentation focused on landmines as an impediment to economic development and mine action around the world implemented by the United Nations. The panel of speakers included Liban Holm, Program Officer for South Lebanon (UNIFIL), for the United Nations Mine Action Service, Amy Currin, Program Officer at the HALO Trust USA, and Steve Ginther, Program Officer for Mine Action at HDI. Over 50 students, professors, and other community members attended the session. Each speaker gave individual presentations followed by a question and answer session about steps being taken by the United States, the international community, and non-governmental organizations to combat landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) around the world.

Ms. Currin opened with an overview and history of the landmine/UXO problem worldwide and how HALO Trust’s programs tackle the challenge. Mr. Ginther continued the program with an overview of HDI's past and present landmine programs in Laos, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam highlighting HDI's holistic approach to landmine clearance and development in each of these countries. Mr. Holm concluded the program, speaking about the importance of mine action programs around the world and how the United Nations is addressing the issue. Mr. Holm informed students that there are still seventy-eight countries affected by land mines and unexploded ordinance and about how the U.N. is supporting mine risk education and survivors assistance for those injured by landmine accidents.

HDI’s Landmine Education Tour educates and informs high school and college/university students, teachers, and community leaders about the continuing prevalence of landmines in the developing world, how landmines impede economic and agricultural development around the world, and highlight the considerable contributions made by the U.S. to eradicate landmines and UXO around the globe.


Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.

For more information please contact Steve Ginther at Steve.Ginther@theHDI.org.
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