CLUSTER MUNITION COALITION comprises nearly all organizations opposing cluster bombs, from global human rights defenders to survivor networks in the most affected countries. CMC focus is squarely on full international acceptance of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which seeks to ban the weapons everywhere. Much of its work involves media campaigns that raise awareness and demand political action.
MAG INTERNATIONAL carries out intensive recovery of areas affected by warfare, clearing out remnants of war to open up land for productive civilian use. MAG works in dozens of countries and employs a largely local workforce, bringing jobs to some of the most poverty-stricken regions of the world. Its awareness efforts are local as well, working to educate residents of the dangers of unexploded ordinance. Its website frequently displays compelling photo essays from around the world.
EMERGENCY deploys highly skilled medical professionals to areas of warfare and conflict, providing free health care where it is needed most. Staff work with whatever resources they can to set up care that would otherwise be nonexistent. They act on the principle that the “right to be cured” is an inalienable social right for all, especially the most desperate.
MINES ACTION CANADA is a coalition of over 35 NGO’s formed to prevent the use of landmines and cluster weapons. Strong emphasis is placed on informing and mobilizing the public to pressure for an end to cluster and landmine use, while ensuring that countries hold to existing commitments. MAC actively struggles to change the policies of the Canadian government and ratify the international cluster bomb treaty.
PROJECT RENEW represents a notable collaboration between victims and veterans of the Vietnam War, using aid from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. RENEW carries out education, health, and clearance work in the most heavily bombed province of Vietnam, Quang Tri. The success of this work has led to expansion into nearby provinces.
HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL offers aid to those who have suffered poverty, disability, war, and other social traumas. Its efforts are notably wide ranging – from emergency response during natural disasters to long term rehabilitation and care for victims of landmines and cluster munitions. Special effort is placed on care for the disabled, who make up 15% of the worlds population and face incredible challenges in areas of poverty and war.
WALK WITHOUT FEAR FOUNDATION provides organization and funding to local partners in Africa and Central/Southeast Asia to conduct land clearance and victim assistance. The latter is a process that lasts for years after a conflict, ensuring that civilians affected by weapons are given the long term care and training needed to recover physically, mentally, and socially.
LEGACIES OF WAR works for the recovery of Laos, which faced a nine-year onslaught of cluster weapons so massive that it defies description. Forty years after the end of war, millions of duds continue to maim and kill civilians, which Legacies of War counteracts with education and munitions clearance. Part of this relies on making the United States – the source of the 27 million cluster bombs dropped on Laos – finally commit to funding recovery.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH exposes human rights abuses from around the world. It’s a compelling advocate for children, refugees and those who have been stripped of basic human rights and freedoms. It offers timely response and detailed reports to injustices and atrocities, as well as promoting the work of human rights activists worldwide.