International Day for Mine Awareness/Washington, D.C.
As part of our awareness events for the International Day for Mine Awareness, WVCBL/PSALM students traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States (the Vatican Ambassador), Archbishop Pietro Sambi at the Holy See Embassy on April 11th. Students made a presentation to the Ambassador that included photos taken during the 1st MSP to the Convention on Cluster Munitions field trip to Xieng Khouang province, Laos. The photos were enlarged (made possible with a grant from Mine Action Canada and the ICBL) and have been used in exhibits organized by the students. The PSALM students expressed their concern for children around the world affected by the devastation caused by these weapons. PSALM offered their assistance to the Holy See in the mission to ban landmines and cluster bombs especially here in the U.S. PSALM students also met with our state senators at the U. S. Capitol. PSALM students encouraged our senators support of the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act and future legislation concerning bans on landmines and cluster munitions.
- PSALM students meet with WV Seantor Manchin