PSALM ( PROUD STUDENTS AGAINST LANDMINES AND CLUSTER BOMBS) students are hosted a “LEND YOUR LEG” Solidarity Day on Thursday, MAY 4TH. PSALM joined the international community to “Lend Your Leg for a Mine Free World”, and show solidarity with all survivors of landmines and other explosive remnants of war.
Community members and families were invited to join us and roll up one pant leg, wear some cool socks and symbolically “stand” in solidarity with the victims and survivors of landmines and Cluster munitions.
“Lend Your Leg” encourages people worldwide by a simple but symbolic gesture of rolling up a pant leg to raise awareness about the damage landmines and cluster munitions still cause and showing solidarity with all survivors of landmines and other explosive remnants of war.
What is “Lend Your Leg”? Watch the official LEND YOUR LEG video here: http://www.youtube.com/w
Long after wars are waged some weapons remain a lurking threat to civilians in the peacetime that follows. Landmines and cluster munitions are indiscriminate weapons that wait underground for years and sometimes decades maiming and killing children, farmers and everyday citizens who happen upon them. “LEND YOUR LEG” began when people were asked to roll-up their pant leg to draw attention to the landmine problem in Colombia and show solidarity with the victims.
“Lend Your Leg” turned into a country-wide then international phenomenon.
PSALM students are committed to educating the public about the the indiscriminate nature of anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions leading to the destruction of innocent life, especially children. Students feel it is unacceptable that unarmed civilians become targets of these insidious and indiscriminate weapons long after wartime hostilities cease. PSALM students were outraged that children, the most vulnerable of society, are all too often the victims of these indiscriminate weapons, many left after conflicts long since over, coming upon them in the most innocent of activities like playing or going to school. These weapons instill fear in whole communities, deepening poverty and acting as a lethal barrier to development. Members of the treaties to ban landmines and cluster munitions must complete the task of ensuring that all victims of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war see their needs fulfilled and their rights respected and aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
PSALM students have been involved in many service projects including funding water wells in mine affected regions of Cambodia, providing prosthetic devices for young survivors and raising money for mine clearance in the Holy Lands. Students recently donated funds to the Marshall Legacy Institute’s Mine Detection Dog program.