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Adopt a Minefield

Every half an hour, a landmine wrecks a life.
Every half an hour, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, someone, somewhere is killed or maimed by a landmine.

That means that every year more than 17,000 innocent people - a third of them children - have their lives wrecked or ended by the hidden reminders of wars that were meant to be over.

One of them is Luu. Luu is worried. Not for herself but for her son Trien. Trien is ten years old, and he knows well what landmines and unexpected ordnance can do to people. His mother lost both her legs when she was 21 years old. Her face is still beautiful today, but it is lined with worry and pain. Even though Trien knows the danger and is careful when he walks about, there is always a hidden risk. When Trien is not at school, he pushes his mother around in a wheel chair so that she can rest from the had work in the fields. Luu's prosthetic legs are very crude and they don't fit well, but with the help off a crutch she can work and grow what she needs to sustain her small family. But she worried that one day she many not be able to do so anymore.

There are 70 million land mines still in the ground in 90 countries. Without help, that means that these hidden killers will continue to kill or maim people for the next 4,000 years.

Imagine that. Imagine that for every hald hour since the Pharaohs built the Pyramids landmines had been killing or maiming people. That's what this problem adds up to.

But here tonight you can help; you can join Paul and Heather in their campaign to stop landmines blowing holes in people's lives. By becoming our lead patrons, they have helped bring Adopt-A-Minefield to the conscience of the world. You too can prick that conscience and make a certain difference.
Heather Mills McCartney and a Land Mine Amputee

Adopt-A-Minefield does just what its name says it does. Every donation goes towards clearing minefields and helping the survivors of landmine accidents. It costs about $1.50 to clear a square meter of a minefield; $30 to help a child walk again. You are told which minefield you have helped to clear and you recieve a clerance certificate when it is made safe. Sponsors adopting a minefield or a survior assistance project can be corporate or individual or start a community fund-raising campaign. Our websites provide easy guidance for how to do this. You can find out more at www.landmines.org

From The Driving USA Tour Programme

ADOPT-A-MINEFIELD UNA-USA
801 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Tel (212) 901 1300 info@landmines.org
Landmines.org

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