Colombia Reports is dedicating its 2011 Christmas Drive to the Colombian Campaign against Mines, a non-governmental organization that helps victims of landmines and creates educational programs to prevent civilians from becoming casualties.
According to official figures, nearly 10,000 Colombians have fallen victim to landmines since 1990. More than 2,000 of these victims died as a result of their injuries. Of these victims, 5,964 were members of the security forces and 3,591 were civilians.
Between January and October this year, 132 civilians and 237 members of the security forces were injured by landmines, which have been banned by the 1997 Ottowa Treaty, but are still commonly used by illegal guerrilla groups like the FARC and, according to reports, are increasingly employed by other drug trafficking organizations to protect coca crops.
The Campaña Colombiana contra Minas offers both medical and psychological assistance to victims and provides educational programs in regions where landmines threaten the local population. Victims of landmines educate children about the dangers of landmines and assist local communities to determine where mine fields are and how to prevent casualties or deaths.
Colombia Reports is proud to support this organization, which is active in 13 of Colombia’s 32 departments and has so far educated 510 school teachers, 10,200 children and 2,550 parents to help their communities prevent further suffering caused by antipersonnel mines.
We ask you to join us in this year’s 2011 Christmas Drive and donate money to the organization so they can expand and improve their activities.
Every dollar you donate will be deposited directly into the account of the organization.