For the first time, AWBs activity is recorded and shows on the
ICBL Landmine Monitor 2000:
MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA - STATES PARTIES
NON-SIGNATORIES BAHRAIN Key developments since March 1999: Landmine
Monitor has discovered that the U.S. Air Force plans to stockpile antipersonnel mines ...
... An Israeli NGO, Aid Without Borders, conducts mine awareness education programs in
Angola under the auspices of UNICEF. Aid Without Borders has also ...
... 202 Interview with Erez T. Yanuv, Founder of Aid Without Borders, Jerusalem, 1 June
2000. 203 Interview with Benny Abileah, Israeli Ministry of Foreign ...
81% Thu, 07 Sep 2000 04:46:51 GMT http://www.icbl.org/lm/2000/report/LMWeb-29.php3
Great news from Kosovo:
As Kosovar refugees started returning to their shattered land in June 99',
there was a great fear that many returnees, especially children, would be hurt by
land-mines, booby-traps and unexploded ordinance (UXOs); cluster-bomblets, bombs and
shells. It was obvious that mine-clearing efforts will be painfully slow.
One of AWB's first actions was to send volunteers to participate in the Mine
Awareness Program, teaching children and the general public of the potential hazardous
nature of these silent killers.
While most of the suspected land-mines and UXOs sites are still not
cleared, the latest official figures -- published by the United Nations Interim
Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) -- show there was a dramatic decline in the
numbers of victims from land-mines and UXOs this summer, compared with last, based on data
from all around Kosovo province:
June 99' -
Injured Total: 102 June 99' - Killed Total: 39
July 99' - Injured Total: 88 July 99' - Killed Total:
June 00' - Injured Total:
8 June 00' - Killed Total: 2
July 00' - Injured Total: 5 July 00' - Killed Total: 0
(figures collected by ICRC and officially
published by UNMIK, August 8, 2000)
AWB volunteer youth instructors in Kosovo participated (August - November 99')
in the training of the first 25 local Mine Awareness trainers from different local
and international NGOs, in cooperation with MAG, UNICEF and UNMACC.
AWB volunteers were supported by the Austrian government, through HOPE 87.
Radio communications equipment for the Mine Awareness volunteers was donated by Motorola,
In late 1999 and into 2000, three former AWB volunteers continued their work in western
Kosovo with the new British organization, Mines Awareness Trust (MAT). One of
them, is currently still involved in Mine Awareness activities in Kosovo.
Siyua Le'lo Gvulot, AID WITHOUT BORDERS (AWB), an Israeli voluntary
humanitarian organization, based in Jerusalem, wishes to warmly thank every one of the
persons involved in this great activity, which resulted in so amazing and dramatic figures
of saving lives.
ICRC initiative on cluster bombs global moratorium
AWB strongly supports the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) call for a global moratorium on cluster bombs. This call is initiated
now, after it was proven that the weapon, used by NATO forces in Kosovo, had caused
hundreds of casualties throughout the province.
The Geneva-based ICRC called, early September, for a suspension of the use
of cluster bombs, until there is an agreement on their use and clearance. It also
demanded a ban against their use in populated areas.
The ICRC urged NATO to take responsibility for the clearance of unexploded
bomblets, saying up to 10 percent of 290,000 bomblets dropped by its planes failed to
The ICRC said cluster bombs killed up to 150 civilians during the war and
caused 50 deaths and 151 injuries in the 12 months after the conflict ended in June
1999. By comparison, mines killed 30 people and wounded almost 200 after the war.
Cluster bombs are dropped by aircraft, each weapon containing up to 2,000
submunitions or bomblets which are scattered over a wide area. Each submunition
contains razor-sharp shrapnel and some include flammable material.
Cluster bombs were used in conflicts in Vietnam, the Falklands and the
1991 U.S.-led Gulf war against Iraq. The United States is also reported to have
supplied cluster bombs to Israel during the 22-year-long occupation of south Lebanon which
ended in May. Russia is believed to have similar devices, and Chechen separatist
guerrillas have charged Russian forces of using them in recent counter-insurgency
campaigns in the Caucasus.
Angola - one year on:
AWB volunteer youth instructors, Rachel Dassa and Yahav Dori, were
sent to Angola, mid-June, for a 6 months stay. They will serve as coordinators for UNICEF
Mine Awareness program there.
It is a mission supported by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Israel has been
contributing young volunteers to this program during the past 4 years.
Dori and Dassa will continue the work of Shahaf Alexsander, who was the first
AWB volunteer to be sent on this mission, September 1999.
Plans are being made to enlarge AWB's volunteers and experts' involvement in Angola in
other fields, as medical training and public health campaigns in needed communities.
Kosovo - one year on:
Just over a year since the last eruption in the Kosovo crisis, AWB is about to
close the Kosova Project, but leaves the door open, for possible sending of
volunteers and experts to join other organizations still working in Kosovo, and for
possible continuation of a vocational training for youth in Elbasn, Albania.
In early-July, an AWB volunteer psychologist, Dr. Moshe Landsman, was
sent for a 2 months volunteering in Kosovo, teaching and training fellow residents at the Pristina
Hospital psychiatric department. He is following, AWB volunteer psychologist,
Rakefet Sella, who spent a full month in Kosovo in May.
This mission, the first long-term project AWB was involved with, is being directed by
former AWB's psychosocial program advisor, Dr. Mindy Prager, an American
psychiatrist working in Kosovo since last summer.
AWB's Kosova Project was supported by TPO (Netherlands),
DFID (Britain) and The Rich Foundation (Switzerland).
Following a request by the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Landsman,
submitted, by early-September, a draft proposal, 'Building Child Mental Health in
Kosova': a basic program, featuring a detailed plan for the training of local
professional staff, for enabling them to eventually deliver child and adolescent mental
health services throughout the province.