TIRAMISU project to undertake Mine Risk Education (MRE) activities in Cambodia
Snail Aid, one of the TIRAMISU project partners and the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) have reached an agreement to undertake Mine Risk Education (MRE) activities in Cambodia in October 2014.
The activities are designed to raise awareness among the Cambodian population of the risks linked to mines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXOs) and to provide advice on what actions should be taken by civilians if they come across such explosive devices (i.e. contact the relevant authorities).
Mines and UXOs often resemble small metal objects that appear to be harmless but present grave danger to civilians. MRE activities will disseminate educational information on these types of issues in order to minimise the numbers of injuries and fatalities caused by land mines.
In the framework of the TIRAMISU project, Snail-Aid has been developing an MRE tool, "Billy Goat Radio", which can be used to write short educational serial dramas with embedded Mine Risk Education messages tailored to the local context. The plays have been conceived primarily for broadcasting over the radio but can also be delivered through any other form of media.
The first step of the mission will be to record six episodes of the play in Pailin, which will then be aired over the local radios in the autumn/winter of 2014.
In late October, live Shows will be performed in five high risk villages: Boeng Run (Samlot District), Chi Sang (Rotanak Mondul District), Pang Rolim (Pailin Town), Thnal Keng (Sala Krao District) and Phnon Koy (Salakrao District).
Statistics from the Cambodian Mine Victim Information Service (CMVIS) shows that Cambodia has one of the highest mine-related casualty rates in the world.
The social consequences of land mines in Cambodia are extremely serious. Many civilians have been killed or injured by mines, devastating entire families. According to statistics published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), only 25% of mine victims reach a hospital within 6 hours of being injured with 15% having to travel for more than 3 days before they can access medical treatment. For these very reasons, raising awareness amongst the population and providing information on Mine Risk is crucial.