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Landmine crisis in Yemen brings JMU professor to Capitol Hill


 
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The time is now for responsible leaders from around the world to come together and say ‘enough is enough’ in regards to the construction and planting of landmines. This briefing is meant to serve as a call to action – a plea to the international community, asking that we put aside our differences in support of the greater good, said Yemen’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Ahmed Bin Mubarak.

On Thursday, June 13, the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, in partnership with Nobel Laureate Jerry White: landmine survivor and chair of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery Ken Rutherford; Elana De Lozier of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Perry Baltimore of the Marshall Legacy Institute, will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill to focus on the global landmine crisis.

The United Nations states around 2,000 individuals per month are killed or injured by landmines around the world. Since 1993, the United States has contributed more than $3.4 billion to more than 100 countries around the world to reduce the harmful worldwide effects of at-risk, illicitly proliferated, and indiscriminately used conventional weapons of war, and has invested more $37.5 million in conventional weapons destruction (CWD) activities in Yemen since then.

Ken Rutherford, landmine survivor and chair of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University, is available to discuss the landmine crisis.

If you are interested in speaking with Rutherford, please contact me. I would be happy to connect you with him.

Media contact: Hannah Robinson, robinshl@jmu.edu, 520-222-2808

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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