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Azerbaijan: summer camps teach children about landmines

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IDP children like this one will benefit from the camps

BAKU, 25 July, 2005 – UNICEF-supported summer camp activities begin this week in Goranboy, in north-eastern Azerbaijan, bringing recreation and play to some 120 boys and girls.  The children taking part in the summer camps have either survived landmine explosions or are the children of mine-survivor families that also include internally displaced people from land contaminated by mines in this area.

From July to September, two summer camps at the Goranboy boarding school, will give war-affected children the chance to improve their social skills, receive information on the dangers posed by landmines and help ease their integration into local society.

 “Land mines are horrific weapons that continue to inflict harm indiscriminately on innocent people long after the armed conflict has ended,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan. “These summer camps will provide opportunities for children affected by armed conflict to play, to have fun, to express themselves, their fears, hopes and dreams in a supportive and safe environment and thus heal some of their psychological wounds.”

Each camp will host 60 children, with the first one running from 25 July till 3 August and the second from 29 August till 7 September. The summer camp participants were identified based on the recent Mine Victims Need Assessment Survey of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA).

The UNICEF-supported camp contributes to the mine action programme of ANAMA in the area of mine victims assistance and is run in collaboration with the ANAMA, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism, Initiatives for the Sake of Development, Azerbaijan Republic Child Organisation and Right to Play.

Today, according to an ANAMA survey of 1,883 mine survivors, 22 are children (aged 0-18 years) and there are around 400 mine survivor families with children. 

For more information: 

Ayna Mollazade, Communication Officer, UNICEF Azerbaijan, tel: (+994 12) 492 3013, amollazade@unicef.org

 

 

 
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