FEEDBACK – Training African lobbyists on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas | October 1, 2017

Bekele Gonfa is the director of the Survivors Recovery and Rehabilitation Organization (SRARO), an African organization that supports victims of war and all other forms of violence. Bekele attended a workshop organized by Handicap International in early September in Geneva to form a network of African lobbyists on the use of explosive weapons in populated […]

Bekele Gonfa is the director of the Survivors Recovery and Rehabilitation Organization (SRARO), an African organization that supports victims of war and all other forms of violence.

Bekele attended a workshop organized by Handicap International in early September in Geneva to form a network of African lobbyists on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. He explains the reasons for this new commitment:

 “I run an organization in Ethiopia that supports victims of armed violence. Handicap International invited me to this first workshop which seems very important in my fight because the campaign against the bombing of civilians includes an important component of “assistance to the victims”. My organization shares the same concern for the fate and well-being of victims. I am myself a landmine victim and I hope that, one day, no one will fall victim of this weapon ever again. The consequences are terrible. Banning antipersonnel mines and raising public awareness on this threat has been the battle of my life. Similarly, the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, in current conflicts, has become a major problem. We need to alert and educate the public about this new issue.”


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