Photographer Giles Duley, who became a triple amputee after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, speaks at the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Landmines and Unexploded Weapons of Conflict.
The group aims to promote greater awareness of the problem of landmines and other unexploded remnants of war.
On lending his support, Giles said: “If my recent experience and injuries mean I can use my own story to make people sit up and take action, then that makes it all seem worthwhile.”
Thanks to BBC World Affairs Producer and landmine survivor Stuart Hughes for the recording.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Landmines and Unexploded Weapons of Conflict (APPG)
The APPG is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers devoted to drawing attention to the humanitarian consequences of the manufacture and use of landmines and cluster munitions.
The group also aims to raise the profile of the humanitarian benefits of mine action and other unexploded ordnance clearance, campaigning for appropriate policy change and acting as a focal point for debate and the exchange of ideas, views and information.
The initiative was set up in response to the issues faced by those in current and former conflict zones – particularly in the world’s poorest countries – where such items both threaten life and limb and impede development.
MAG Chief Executive, Nick Roseveare, said: "As an organisation on the frontline of landmine clearance, we see first-hand the devastating effect that unexploded weapons and other ‘lethal litter’ has on some of the world’s poorest people.
"We very much welcome the launch of this new APPG and hope that it will help keep the issue of mine action."
Membership of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Landmines and Unexploded Weapons of Conflict:
• Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP – Labour, Rother Valley
• Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP – Labour, Leeds Central
• Julian Brazier TD MP– Conservative, Canterbury
• Richard Burdon MP – Labour, Birmingham, Northfield
• Martin Caton MP – Labour, Gower – Vice-chair
• The Viscount Colville of Culross – Cross Bench
• Baroness Cox – Cross Bench
• Caroline Dinenage MP – Conservative, Gosport – Vice-chair
• Mark Durkan MP – SDLP, Foyle – Vice-chair
• Lord Dubs – Labour
• Lord Elton – Conservative – Vice-chair
• Rt Hon Paul Goggins MP – Labour, Wythamshawe and Sale East – Secretary/Treasurer
• Lord Hannay – Cross Bench
• Fabian Hamilton MP – Labour, Leeds North East
• Baroness Kramer – Liberal Democrat
• Pauline Latham OBE MP – Conservative, Derby – Chair
• Jeremy Lefroy MP – Conservative, Stafford
• Michael McCann MP – Labour, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
• Rt Hon Alun Michael JP MP – Labour/Co-op, Cardiff South and Penarth
• Mark Pritchard MP – Conservative, The Wrekin
• Lord Ramsbotham – Cross Bench – Vice-chair
• Lord Redesdale – Liberal Democrat
• Lord Steel – Liberal Democrat
• Jenny Willot MP – Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central
27 January 2012