The View covers breaking news and media on the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World.

From November 30th to December 4th, 2009, hundreds of international organizations will meet in Cartagena, Colombia to assess the impact of the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, a watershed agreement between states and nations to ban all anti-personnel mines.

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    We were all excited to witness this long-awaited occasion, the day our government officially declared Rwanda a mine-free country.

    The bombs which had littered our schools, markets, bridges, and coffee lands were terrifying and deadly reminders of the Tutsi genocide of 1994.  Once again, our children may walk to school without fear, our farmers may grow coffee without fear, and all may finally enjoy the peace, and peace of mind, that this news has brought us.

    I would like to thank everyone at Survivor Corps for all they have done to assist victims of genocide and landmines.  Above all, congratulations to the people of Rwanda and our government for this wonderful accomplishment. We may now move on to focus on victim assistance, to heal those injured by the past.

    Albert Nzamukwereka, Rwanda Country Coordinator, responding to the government’s declaration that Rwanda is finally mine-free.

    December 02, 2009, 6:15pm   Comments

    Rwanda becomes landmine-free!

    Rwanda now ranks among the few countries to become completely mine-free!  The announcement is to be made at the Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World in Colombia.

    From BBC News:

    Hundreds of people have been killed and horrifically injured by landmines in Rwanda.

    Landmines were laid between 1990 and 1994 in Rwanda and over the past three years more than over 9,000 have been destroyed by Rwandan soldiers.

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    December 01, 2009, 3:34pm   Comments

    Meet the Survivor Corps Cartagena Team: Albert Nzamukwereka

    My name is Albert, and it will be a great pleasure to meet all of you in Cartagena in November.

    I am the Country Program Coordinator of Survivor Corps in Rwanda (East Africa) and I have been working with SC since last year.  I am happy to be part of this amazing team. I’ve been involved in monitoring and advocacy of the Committee of the Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC), the Mine Ban Treaty, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).

    I hope our meeting achieves its goals of ensuring the implementation of all related treaties.

    October 09, 2009, 1:55pm   Comments