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Aiding in landmine recovery

JMU center works to increase services for landmine victims

Clearing landmines and helping landmine victims recover is a long, hard process. Representatives from James Madison University are working with leaders of organizations from countries where landmine recovery services are needed to increase awareness and aid.

Recently retired Col. Dennis Barlow, director of JMU's Mine Action Information Center, and members of Barlow's staff participated in discussions with Jordanian Prince Raad Ben Zaid, president of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, and his son, Prince Mired R. Z. Al-Hussein, vice president of the same organization and Chairman of the National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation, regarding issues of awareness and services for victims of exploding landmines.

Discussions included plans for 2010 programs in Jordan that will increase services for landmine victims. Plans include more management and leadership training for leaders of organizations in countries that are mine affected and a therapy tour for victims.