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Campaign Art: Mine Kafon

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People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.

This week, the United Nations and countries around the world will observe International Mine Awareness Day on April 4, 2012, as they have every April 4 since 2006.

The following video captures the "Mine Kafon" (Mine Detonator), a wind-powered device designed and built by hand by Massoud Hassani.  It is heavy enough to trip land mines as it rolls across the ground but 120 times cheaper than traditional techniques.  Hassani drew his inspiration from his childhood on the outskirts of Kabul, where he and his younger brother would play with their homemade, wind-powered toys. These toys would sometimes be blown astray, rolling out into the desert amongst landmines, too dangerous to retrieve.

Mine Kafon

The United Nations estimates that 84 countries are affected by landmines and unexploded ordnances. These devices kill or maim between 15,000 and 20,000 adults and children annually.

Landmines are explosive weapons placed under or on the ground that are designed to activate when someone steps on or passes over them. Once planted, they are hard to find and present a very dangerous obstacle to anyone who may pass by them. They cause injuries and death, mainly to ordinary people trying to rebuild their lives.

The presence of landmines continues to be one of the most persistent problems that countries face in the aftermath of war. The countries worst affected by landmines often lack the resources needed to de-mine their land for safe farming, construction, and development. Global efforts to address the problem of landmines have made huge srides in recent years, and now, more landmines are being removed than are being put in the ground. New programs are available to support landmine survivors and to educate others about the risks they pose.
 

Source: Mine Kafon

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