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Landmines QUOTES

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"Landmines are among the most barbaric weapons of war, because they continue to kill and maim innocent people long after the war itself has ended. Also, fear of them keeps people off the land, and thus prevents them from growing food."
-- Kofi Annan

"Not only do these abominable weapons lie buried in silence and in their millions waiting to kill or maim innocent women and children; but the presence or even the fear of the presence of a single landmine can prevent the cultivation of an entire field, rob a whole village of its livelihood, place yet another obstacle on a country’s road to reconstruction and development"
-- Kofi Annan

"Millions of people in nearly 80 countries still live in fear of landmines and explosive remnants of war, which take an unacceptable toll on lives and limbs, and people's livelihoods"
-- Ban Ki-moon

"Officials of governments that use or produce landmines should be forced to see the reality of how landmines hurt people and make them suffer, because this would surely make them stop."
-- Jackie Chan

I just couldn’t stop thinking about what landmines are doing to people here. I told people - my friends - about it, but it was just not enough. I knew I had to do more.
-- Jackie Chan

“We must rid the world of the scourge of these agents of death and destruction"
-- Boutros Boutros-Ghali

“It is the most painful thing to see how young children become collateral damage of wars, but when peace treaties are signed landmines do not respect any of these accords. And as long as these silent killers linger after wars, children will never know peace”
-- Danny Glover

"The eradication of anti-personnel mines around the world is one of the most important tasks facing the international community."
-- Norman Jewison

It's angering that not everybody has signed this treaty to ban landmines. It's disgusting, it really is, because it is fact that (mines) hurt a high percentage of civilians. They're not effective in any other real way. They've enough weapons for war.
~ Angelina Jolie

"The most upsetting thing is that the US is a leader in the world, and if they don't sign, then how do you expect to convince Russian and China and Iran, Pakistan, all these other countries, to sign? They simply won't. (The US government) feels it's against their constitutional right to bear arms, or they've said that it's needed in North and South Korea, on the border. I don't think any of these are good enough excuses for the damage."
~ Angelina Jolie


The statistics of mines that need clearance are staggering but the truth is it's a challenge that is absolutely doable"
-- David Knopfler

"It's hard to see how anyone can fail to care about innocent children and animals being blown up by landmines."
-- Twiggy Lawson

"Life is about making choices: you can either spend three quid on a glossy magazine or you can spend it clearing three square metres of minefield and help give people their lives back. As simple as that."
-- Twiggy Lawson

When a war is over I think it's a cowardly thing to leave the war behind you in minefields that hit women and children and the most vulnerable. Imagine the war is finished and you go to work and there are snipers shooting at you. Imagine taking your kids to the beach and you find that the beach is blowing up beneath you. Like there's nowhere safe.That's what I think is insidious about landmines."
-- Paul McCartney

UNICEF is doing amazing things here. They’re helping these groups of kids to be mine aware, and using drama and workshops to teach children in all of the schools in the area to be aware of mines and what to do if they find one, and if somebody’s hurt, not to rush in – all of the essential things that kids need to know.”
-- Ewan McGregor

"A mine-free world does not need to be a dream - together, we can make it a reality."
-- Heather Mills

"Every day women and children are killed and maimed by landmines long after wars are over."
-- Heather Mills

“I abhor mines”
-- Colin Powell


Land mines, torture equipment, cluster bombs, chemical weapons are weapons designed to inflict pain and death on human beings. Most victims are civilians, women and children. How can arms manufacturers, weapons designers, plant managers, politicians, who have families of their own whom they love, be so insensitive when it comes to the suffering of other human beings?
-- José Ramos-Horta

“The devastation wreaked by landmines is not only horrendous but immoral"
-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“Together we have given the world the possibility of one day living on a truly mine-free planet."
-- Jody Williams

The landmine cannot tell the difference between a soldier or a civilian - a woman, a child, a grandmother going out to collect firewood to make the family meal… once peace is declared the landmine does not recognize that peace. The landmine is eternally prepared to take victims.
-- Jody Williams

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