Colombian Navy Joins Campaign against Anti-Personnel Mines

Colombian Navy Joins Campaign against Anti-Personnel Mines

By Dialogo
April 05, 2012

On April 4, in the Colombian city of Cartagena, the campaign “Roll up your cuffs with all our forces” was launched, an activity with which the Colombian Armed Forces are joining the commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness.

The South American country’s Armed Forces General Command joined the “Roll up your cuffs” campaign, convened by the United Nations General Assembly, in which, by the symbolic act of rolling up a pant leg, participants reject the indiscriminate use of anti-personnel mines and raise awareness about the threat posed to the civilian population by these devices.

It is a tribute to the 9,133 Military personnel and civilians who have been victims of these explosive devices planted by irregular groups in Colombia, the country with the second-highest number of victims of this kind in the world, after Afghanistan.

At the same time, it will promote the work of the Humanitarian Demining Battalion, which has conducted operations in Colombia’s most affected regions, guaranteeing that the land cleared is free of mines and safe for its inhabitants to return.