Both were present at this week’s FORBES 30/50 Summit in Abu Dhabiand decided to join forces for immediate action amid news that landmines are being laid by Russian forces in the Ukraine along a “human corridor” that has been legally designated for the safe evacuation of refugees. This dishonest and immoral war crime littered Ukrainian soil with newly laid landmines, unexploded ordnance and other deadly explosive remnants of war.
Princess Angelika Jarosławska Sapieha of Poland is an international peace ambassador and chair of the board of directors of the Women’s Geopolitical Alliance, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. The princess is the originator of the ‘One Mine, A life‘ movement and campaign for a mine-free world. Heidi Kuhn is the founder/CEO of the peacekeeping NGO Roots of Peace which has helped remove 100,000 landmines from the ground in ten countries around the world and replace them with the infrastructure of regenerative and sustainable agriculture .
The duo will first partner with a demining initiative in Karabakh, Azerbaijanwhere the soil once produced the finest wines in Europe but has since become a “black garden” of landmines. Ms Kuhn recently traveled to the fields of Karabakh, detonating eight anti-tank landmines. The work is far from over. “There are about 60 million landmines silently laid in 60 countries, waiting for a child’s sandal or a farmer’s boot,” Kuhn said, “humanity has the power to detonate a landmine and “to plant a vineyard as an act of peace. Our goal is to turn ‘Mines into Vines’ in war-torn lands – blood into wine, killing fields into vines, swords into ploughshares.”
Pictured above: Princess Angelika Jarosławska of Poland (left) and Founder/CEO of Roots of Peace Heidi Kuhn (right) illustrated in Abu Dhabi, March 11, 2022. Photo courtesy of Roots of Peace.
MORE INFO ON ROOTS OF PEACE
For the past 25 years, Roots of Peace has worked in war-torn countries around the world to clear remnants of war, landmines and unexploded ordnance, and restore the land in order to rebuild peaceful communities for generations to come.
More than 500 million smallholder farming households around the world live on less than $2 one day. Building a sustainable and regenerative source of income that gives families livelihoods and stability is one of the most pressing issues in countries emerging from conflict. With the help of Roots of Peace, farmers are addressing key challenges of increasing incomes by applying modern farming technologies and techniques that result in increased yields and sustainability.
The Roots of Peace “Mines to Vines” approach has reached more than one million farmers and families. By clearing landmines and remnants of war, Roots of Peace liberates lands held hostage by unrest. In Afghanistanit has facilitated the export of fresh fruits, nuts and spices to markets around the world, contributing to increased Afghan agricultural exports of $250 million in 2014 at more $1.4 billion in 2020. Roots of Peace’s award-winning methodology is rooted in building a business model for peace: providing market-driven solutions tailored to rural communities in war-torn lands and serving as a catalyst for development at home. industry-wide across the world.
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MORE INFO ABOUT ONE MINE ONE LIFE
A global movement “One Mine One Life” represents the generation of changemakers. Inspired by an anti-landmine activist princess diana, we continue to raise awareness about landmines and clear mines around the world. 24 years after the death of princess dianaPrincess Angelika Jarosławska Sapieha is a strong supporter of the global campaign against landmines.
One Mine One Life represents the generation of changemakers who have become the voice of those who have been injured and physically broken by landmines.
We invite you to be part of the One Mine One Life community and create a butterfly effect. Express your disagreement with the concept of inhuman weapons of war – landmines. Inform about landmines and landmine victims. Support demining organizations and the work of brave people who are risking their lives to rid the world of landmines.
One Mine One Life cordially invites you to participate in a virtual side event “One Mine One Life Movement and Campaign for a Mine-Free World” on the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, which assists the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations on March 21, 2022 to discuss the current global landmine situation.
For more information on One Mine One Life, visit https://onemineonelife.com
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