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0 October 16, 2003
Volume 34 Number 3
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'Landmines' on Kendall Lawn

Photo: Kendall Lawn
Photo by Kathleen McPartland

On Oct. 10, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams spoke in Laxson Auditorium on the problems of landmines and the movement to ban them.

The "landmine" display on Kendall lawn the day of the lecture was a disturbing illustration of the prevalence of landmines and their victims worldwide. According to Landmine Monitor research, mine accidents occur in every region of the world, including 22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa; 17 countries in Europe and Central Asia; 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific; 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa; and five countries in the Americas. Landmine Monitor was established by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was founded by Williams.

Each of the "landmines" on the lawn was labeled with mine casualty figures from 1999 to 2002. Chechnya has the sad distinction of being the leader, with 8,135 victims. Afghanistan had 5,405 victims during the same period; Cambodia, 3,522; Angola, 2,804; and Northern Iraq, 1,393.

Williams was the featured speaker for the President's Lecture Series. A more complete recounting of Williams' lecture will be in the Oct. 30 issue of Inside Chico State.

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