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International Day Of Mine Awareness And Assistance In Mine Action (VIDEO)

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The United Nations declared April 4th as the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

The video above is part of a campaign called, "Lend Your Leg" ("Remángate" in Spanish) which calls for civilians to roll up their pant leg in a symbolic act to support victims of anti-personnel mines and in protest against these undercover mines.

Anti-personnel landmines are victim-activated explosives. Completely indiscriminate, they lie dormant for years and even decades under, on or near the ground until a person or animal triggers them.

The campaign was originally created by the Colombian non-profit Arcángeles. The UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon, Colombian rockstar Juanes and other international leaders and celebrities have joined forces on this campaign.

Juanes has been at the forefront in the battle against anti-personnel mines. He established "Fundacion Mi Sangre" ("Mi Sangre Foundation") to assist victims.

Colombia is the second country in the world with the most anti-personnel mines. There were 9,704 landmine victims in Colombia from 1990 to 2012. In 2012 alone, approximately 40 people have been victims of landminnes.

Worldwide, there are 79 countries with landmine problems and unexploited ordinance.

So, roll up your pants y Remángate!

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