CHDE 2017 ©
International Mine Awareness Day 4 April
On the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness
and Assistance in Mine Action, on April 11-th of this year by the
initiative of the national mine action center in Armenia “Center
for Humanitarian Demining and Expertise” SNCO a seminar-
meeting named “Armenia against Mines” took place in the
academic council session hall of Yerevan State University. The
university active was present during the seminar-meeting.
The goal of the meeting was to inform the youth about mine
impact in RA, it’s consequences, the rules of safe behavior in order to avoid mine impacts and the
issues of victims living in our country.
The start of the seminar-meeting launched with the exhibition organized in the entrance hall.
Educational mines, deminer’s outfit, mine detectors, warning signs on mine impact, mine risk
education posters and photos of mine victims were displayed in the exhibition.
Before the start of the seminar the participants hold a minute’s silence for the memory of deminers
killed during demining activities on March 29 in the territory of the Republic of Artsakh.
The meeting was opened with the welcome speech of YSU vice-rector Ruben Markosyan. Within
the seminar CHDE SNCO director Ruben Arakelyan, Democratic Governance Portfolio Analyst of
United Nations Development Programme in Armenia Alla BAkunts, Weapon Contamination
Coordinator of International Committee of the Red Cross Paramdeep Bhopinder Mtharu, director
of “Satar” NGO for the Disabled Hunan Hunanyan and mine explosion survivor, who bravely went
through the hard path, Aleksandr Bayanduryan directed their short speeches towards the youth.
The meeting was held by the head of the CHDE SNCO Mine Risk Education and Victims
Assistance department (MRE/VA) Anna Aslanyan.
Within the speeches it was pointed out that in the whole world, including Armenia, approximately
10.000 people annually die as a result of mine explosion, 20.000 people get different degrees of
body injuries. 30% of the victims are children. There exist mine impacted areas in Armenia’s 4
regions (Tavush, Syunik, Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor), totaling to more than 17 million km
total area. Over 35.000 people live neighboring the mine impacted areas, who put their lives and
health under risk by living in these areas. Mine impact hinders the country’s social-economic
development, distorts the natural flow of peoples’ lives and fosters emigration.
The seminar was marked with the premiere of the video clip, where the stories of mine victims and
the vital problem of demining activities in mine impacted areas was displayed. As well the director
of “Satar” NGO for the Disabled Hunan Hunanyan handed certificates of appreciation to CHDE
SNCO Director Ruben Arakelyan and CHDE SNCO specialist on Victims Assistance Gayane
Simonyan for intiensive activities on keeping in attention the issues of militant persons with
In the end of the seminar CHDE SNCO employees and guests answered the questions given by the
students and journalists.