Aug 14, 2008, 6:15 AM
We are in the midst of a very important week. According to press release from the West Africa Network for Peace building, the World is observing a global week of action from
It is crucial to lives of millions that this treaty is adhered to by every country in the world. Cluster munitions are large weapons which are deployed from the air and from the ground and release up to hundreds of smaller submunitions.
Air-dropped or ground-launched, they cause two major humanitarian problems and risks to civilians; first, their widespread dispersal means they cannot distinguish between military targets and civilians so the humanitarian impact can be extreme, especially when the weapon is used in or near populated areas. Many submunitions fail to detonate on impact and become de facto antipersonnel mines killing and maiming people long after the conflict has ended.
These brutal instruments of war are a plague on our world and we must consign them to the annals of history.
If even a fraction of the money spent of murderous weapons of this kind was channeled into eradicating world hunger and disease we would see incredible results in a very short space of time. Those who manufacture these weapons only intend to profit from the misery of others so a clear message must be sent by the international community that this kind of "business" is simply unacceptable.
In February 2007, 46 Governments met in
We urge our government to sign the convention in
"Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die."
Herbert Clark Hoover