On April 4, 2013, the world will mark the 8th annual United Nations International Day of Mine Awareness, a global observance designed to grow the movement to ban anti-personnel landmines, promote disarmament and clearance, and provide victim services.
In respect to gun ownership, we fall off the chart in every standard-setting category for a modern society. Our civilians pay the price as our laws empower the criminals. How long must we bury our heads in the sand and deny ourselves the decency of a 21st-century civil society?
We are painfully aware of one cruel, ironic fact of the Sahel food crisis: many acres of fertile fields are littered with landmines and explosive remnants of war, rendering them too dangerous for seeding.
Approximately 75 percent of the technicians who work at the clinic are landmine victims and amputees themselves, giving them a special understanding of how to make prosthetic limbs that are comfortable in practice, not just in theory.
As long as Lebanon refuses to embrace the Ottawa Treaty and categorically outlaw landmine use, many of its citizens will continue to suffer abuses of a fundamental prerogative - the right to safety and security.
The United States is the third largest stockpiler of land mines in the world, behind China and Russia. Like those two countries, we have refused to sign an agreement banning the manufacture, stockpiling and use of land mines.