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Monday, September 26, 2016
Campaign calls for ban on cluster bombs
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 This year, Landmine Action Week from 5-11 November, is focusing on the threat of cluster bombs. These lethal weapons, when they fail to explode on impact, remain extremely dangerous for years. They look like small canisters and thousands of young children around the world have been killed when they tried to pick them up. The United States has now stepped up the use of cluster bombs in Afghanistan - underscoring the need for urgent action to be taken on their use. The main focus of the awareness raising week is a postcard campaign to MPs. This urges them to take action on the humanitarian problems associated with the use of cluster bombs, as well as to support a freeze on the use and sale of cluster bombs until new international law on the use and clearance of these weapons is in place. The Landmine Action Schools Pack is also being promoted in schools during the week, providing an invaluable resource to Key Stage Four pupils. Building on Landmine Action's experience of working with schools, it supports the Citizenship curriculum, also supplying resources for other subjects. Actor, Richard Wilson, who has contributed to the pack, commented: "I've seen for myself what cluster bombs and unexploded ordnance can do to innocent people. I hope lots of people get involved and do their bit to help in Landmine Action Week." Community groups and individual supporters are organising events around the country including sponsored bell-ringing quarter peals, coffee mornings, postcard signing events and awareness raising meetings. For further information, particularly on events in your locality, contact: Landmine Action on 020 7820 0222 (out of office hours 07957 369 016) or Louise Zanré, Jesuit Refugee Service (member of Landmine Action) on 020-8847 3555
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