On the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Permanent Delegation of Spain organizes the exhibition "Vidas Minadas" at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, from 10 to 19 December 2008.
"Vidas Minadas", a series of photographs by award-winning Spanish photo-journalist Gervasio Sánchez, brings us face-to-face with the lives of civilian landmine victims.
The project was initiated in 1995 with the support of NGOs Intermón Oxfam, Manos Unidas and Doctors Without Borders, three of the more than 1400 organizations working to eradicate anti-personnel landmines in 90 countries, as part of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
Vidas Minadas is principally underwritten by the Spanish insurance company DKV Seguros, which is widely involved in humanitarian and social projects.
Gervasio Sánchez’s collection of photographs has also been compiled in a book VIDAS MINADAS, 10 años después. It tells the personal stories of civilian victims of anti-personnel landmines and forms a visual history of the drama lived by victims in countries such as Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia, Cambodia, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Mozambique and Nicaragua. The project was first launched in 1997, the year of the signing of the Treaty of Ottawa banning landmines.
Ten years ago "Vidas Minadas" was presented for the first time at UNESCO, in December 1998, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the same time, Gervasio Sánchez was nominated "UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace".
Permanent Delegation of Spain to UNESCO, dl.hispania(at)unesco.org
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