Politics and music have joined forces in the European Parliament to raise awareness of the suffering caused by landmines. Every year, thousands of people worldwide including many children are killed or maimed by the deadly weapons. Only yesterday a french engineer died while trying to defuse a mine on the Tajikistan – Afghanistan border. During a ceremony in Brussels, the European Parliament re-affirmed its commitment to ridding the world of the landmine menace. The President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell, was present to offer his support.
The European Commission has also donated two and a half million euros to help fund the anti-landmine initiative. Colombia recently overtook Afghanistan and Cambodia as the country with the highest annual number of landmine victims. That led the Colombian popstar Juanes to lend his support to the campaign and at the same time become the first singer to perform in the parliament chamber.