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Update: Afghan King 29-March-2004

Greetings from Kabul

We arrived in Kabul a few days ago and have been busy filming the activities of the Afghan Campaign to Ban Landmines (ACBL), as it hosts an annual regional meeting of ban campaigners. The ACBL, established 1995, is made up of demining organizations, as well as other civil society groups.

OMAR Mines Museum, Mine Detection Dog Centre

We filmed the opening of the campaign meeting and a subsequent press conference, which saw government representatives speaking about landmines, as well as me on behalf of the international campaign. In the afternoon, we filmed a visit to the OMAR landmines museum, an amazing collection of mines and unexploded ordnance cleared throughout the country. We also visited the Mine Detection Dog Centre (MDC), where we filmed various teams from the country's demining organizations that had set up sample sites for the visiting campaigners. This was a great opportunity to make contacts for the filming we plan to do here on demining.

The King & The Rally

Yesterday, we filmed the campaigners as they met with the Afghan king, or "Father of the Nation" in his heavily guarded palace. Earlier, we filmed a rally by hundreds of deminers, campaigners and mine survivors as they walked from a park in the center of Kabul past a row of embassies and ministries. At the conclusion of the rally the ACBL Chairperson, Sohrab Hakimi of MDC, delivered a petition to the to the United Nations mine action center for them to pass on to the governments that continue to manufacture mines.

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ICBL in Afghanistan