The Humpty Dumpty Institute Hosts a Landmine Education Tour to Boston, MA
April 20 - 21, 2010
Members of the delegation included Ambassador Daniel Antonio, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mozambique to the United Nations, Kurt Chesko, Vice President of the HALO Trust USA, Dr. Robert Keeley, HDI Country Director for Laos, and HDI Program Manager for Mine Action Steve Ginther . Each participant gave individual presentations followed by a question and answer session to educational institutions in Boston 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.
The presentation opened with Mr. Chesko giving an overview and history of the landmine/UXO problem worldwide and how HALO Trust’s programs tackle the challenge. Dr. Keeley followed with a presentation on HDI’s UXO eradication and school-feeding activities in Laos addressing the linkage between Mine Action and development. Ambassador Antonio finished with a Mozambican perspective about the impact of landmines and UXO on the economic and social development of his country.
The delegation visited Boston University where 40 students of the Boston University International Affairs Association asked questions about how the role of humanitarian NGOs has changed working in post conflict environments. The conversation at Boston University was particularly lively with asking about the role of the US government in the original problem and its subsequent role in the solution. This was followed by a presentation the next day to over 700 students of the Upper School at the Milton Academy. These high school students asked about ways in which they could get more engaged in the issue of mine clearance around the world.