The United Nations pays tribute to heroes of mine action in Iraq
The United Nations today paid tribute to Iraqi mine action heroes for their role in demining and saving millions of lives in Iraq at an event held at the Military Prosthetic Limb Centre in Baghdad. The event was organized by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“The United Nations honours today some of the most courageous people for their contribution to the recovery and relief efforts in Iraq,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq. “They put their lives in danger every day to remove explosive remnants of war and landmines in Iraq. They deserve thanks and appreciation for the tremendous work they do,” he added.
The heroes honoured in today’s event come from all parts of Iraq and work in the military, the civil defense sector, with humanitarian Non-Governmental Organisations and in the private sector. Their work in mine action is a successful partnership between the military and the civilian sector. Mine Action includes clearance of mines and explosive remnants of war, mine risk education, victim assistance and advocacy against the use of mines, and stockpile destruction and promoting rehabilitation and socio-economic reintegration of victims into their societies.
Ms. Radhia Achouri, Director of Public Information/Spokesperson, UNAMI, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Juliette Touma, UNDP Iraq, email@example.com, +962-79-826-34-37