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.