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THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MINE AWARENESS AND ASSISTANCE IN MINE ACTION WAS COMMEMORATED

A number of events organized in accordance with plan of activities to mark April 4 - the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action throughout country as well as in ANAMA HQs in Baku and Regional Offices. A special events was arranged by regional managers, team leaders, supervisors in operational districts and Education Department Chiefs of all MRE program targeted districts to observe this Day in mine/UXO affected regions. Mine Awareness Day is observed by the teachers and chiefs of schools in 1185 schools of 26 districts, and by the community volunteers, heads of municipality and executive authority representatives in 126 communities. ANAMA's two implementing partner NGOs - 'Relief' Azerbaijan and International Eurasia Press Fund - are also active in supporting these events in the districts where clearance activities are conducted. ANAMA operators are going to visit schools, hospitals, farms in communities, handing over the cleared land to their owners or begin to operations in newly identified sites, meet residents, inform them on operations and talk about this Day. They will set up MRE billboards, mine warning signs in hazardous areas, meet mine victims, give interviews to local newspapers/radios and distribute awareness materials among population in the targeted districts. Along with this, a press conference with participation of representatives of national and international entities and republic ministries is organized in ANAMA HQs on April 3, aiming to highlight the importance of the Day and keep the cause in the spotlight in Azerbaijan where the challenges in this field are very acute. ANAMA Director, Mr. Ismaylov opened event by welcoming the guests, the massmedia representatives and stressed the significance of the international day declared by UN General Assembly in 2006. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness about mine /UXO problem and draw the community's attention to progress towards the elimination of this menace all over the world. A short review from the conference was brodcasted on all local TV channels and released through radio/information centers.