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Kids Look At The History of The War And Learn To Be Safe From Wartime Ordnance

Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province, 14 November 2012 – Within two hours at the Mine Action Visitor Center (MAVC), the students of Hai Tan School from Hai Lang District really enjoyed the integrated Mine/UXO Risk Education session implemented by Project RENEW and its partner, Youth Union.

Warm-up excercise facilitated by Youth Union collaborators. Photo credit: Phu Nguyen/ www.landmines.org.vn

Organized on a weekly basis, this integrated MRE activity is aimed at reinforcing local students' awareness of UXO risks and equipping them with safe behavior in an entertaining and lively manner.

After two hours at the MAVC, the students returned to their home village with this newly gained knowledge on their minds. They came away with better understanding of the history of the province where they were born, how it was devastated during wartime, and why mine action remains so important as the province continues to recover.

Warm-up excercise facilitated by Youth Union collaborators. Photo credit: Phu Nguyen/ www.landmines.org.vn

Children are the most vulnerable to UXO accidents because of their energy and restless activity, and their limited knowledge of UXO risks. In remote and mountainous areas, children are much more exposed to the constant threat of UXO because they often participate in farming activities to help their parents. A UXO victim survey conducted in 2010 by Project RENEW concluded that 31% of the total UXO casualties in Quang Tri Province have been children. Farming, tending cattle, collecting scrap metal and tampering with Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) are the primary causes of UXO accidents.

Drawing UXOs is one of the activities that entertain kids so much. Photo credit: Phu Nguyen / www.landmines.org.vn

Since September 2011, in partnership with local Youth Unions, RENEW has taken advantage of the newly established MAVC to organize integrated MRE tours for students and teenagers coming from poor and remote areas. During the past ten months, some 3,000 pre-teens and teenagers from 68 schools and Youth Unions have participated in the program.


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