Conflict in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has thrown all human decency to one side in his unprovoked and repugnant attack on Ukraine. His indiscriminate use of the whole gamut of explosive weapons including landmines and cluster munitions - weapons banned under international convention - place both an appalling hazard to the innocent people of Ukraine and an immense task for those who will have to clear the hazards once Putin has been defeated. Already the whole population of Ukraine have become victims - either as casualties, refugees or prisoners of fear. Our one ray of positivity is that the Ukrainians haven't fallen into despair and hopelessness. Their indomitable resilience is astounding! At REVIVE we stand alongside the Ukranian people and we will do our utmost to ensure politicians here in the UK and around the world make it possible for victim-assistance, EOD, mine-action and humanitarians organisations to act fast and without hinderance once the horror of Putin's mindless aggression has been overwhelmed.

Press Release: The Politics of Victim Assistance

The Department of Human Rights and Diplomacy at the University of Stirling, in partnership with the REVIVE Campaign are undertaking a 12 month research project into the Politics of Victim Assistance in Mine Action.

 

The project was prompted by an inquiry in 2019 by REVIVE staff on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats into the impact of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Through this inquiry it became clear that despite victim assistance being one of the five United Nations pillars of mine action, it was receiving far less funding and attention from donor nations than Clearance, Mine Risk Education or Stockpile Destruction.

 

Founding Director of REVIVE, Nigel Ellway says “Each of the five pillars of mine action are important in their own way, but why are the people whose lives have been shattered by explosive violence so often over-looked and forgotten?

 

“We hope that this research will produce some answers that we can use in our advocacy to the international community and Her Majesty’s Government.”

 

REVIVE’s Chairman, Prof Roger Mullin comments “I am delighted to have been able to negotiate this partnership project between the University and REVIVE. This is an excellent example of how an academic institution and global advocacy group can work together on a vital humanitarian issue. I am looking forward to working with our two students Zoe Clack and Ikenna Ugwu as they delve into this important subject.”

 

Course leader at Stirling University, Rowan Cruft added, “This project is undertaken as part of the MSc programme in Human Rights and Diplomacy at the University of Stirling run in partnership with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). It will investigate what forms and levels of victim assistance are being delivered to victims of explosive violence in relevant countries.”

 

The REVIVE Campaign is an advocacy body with not for profit status.

Our mission is to promote at international government level the pressing need to reduce the level of explosive violence against innocent civilians, to push for effective policy, and encourage long-term support for victims.

Four countries are being used as case studies for the research: Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Uganda.

 

Notes for Editors

For more information on REVIVE contact

Nigel Ellway

=44 (0) 7586 329335

directors@revive.org.

https://revivecampaign.org/

 

For more information on the University of Stirling contact

Sarah Manning

Communications Officer

+44 (0)1786 466 436

sarah.manning@stir.ac.uk

www.stir.ac.uk


Gareth Collett writes from Yemen

Our friend and advocate Gen Garth Collett writes from Yemen.

 

Sept 19

As debates continue about Afghanistan and the news is full of images of negativity, I thought I'd show you the real impact of teaching children about the hazards of war.

Here are some photos of a little village in Yemen, which relies upon an agricultural economy. Peaceful and good people live here. Hard to think there are mines, but there are.

There aren't fancy classrooms or smart boards, but a furrow to sit on and a tall straw hat to keep you cool. You listen to some quite fantastic people deliver risk education. Thanks to them, these children and adults are being taught about hazards in a way that allows them to learn whilst having fun. The smiles on the faces of the children say it all. I've been really humbled to deliver this activity in areas that are often forgotten. And, I got a free hat - no wait a minute, there’s a price on it. Bugger, fleeced again but another fabulous memory!

 

Sept 15

Been a bit of a quiet time in Aden this time around, but a few points of note. On the anniversary of 9/11 the Port of Mocha was hit with three ballistic missiles, there is currently a wave of protest across Aden and Hadramawt governorates condemning the deterioration of basic services, 15 people were injured/killed in a single mine strike, and schools are suspended to protect students and staff. The Yemeni Rial is at an all-time low, with the obvious impact on food insecurity.

As a result, our activities are somewhat curtailed and the people of Yemen continue to suffer from the conflict. A group of eminent experts has pointed out that if countries continue to sell weapons to the warring parties then the situation will endure. Our country (the U.K.) is a huge party to that problem, reducing international funding to Yemen whilst raking in profit from arms sales. Sleep well Boris.


The REVIVE Team

The REVIVE Campaign has been immeasurably strengthened by two new volunteers bringing much needed specialist skills.

Beth Lee has joined us as our business and finance guru, and Isabelle Osborne as our on-line communications specialist.

They will be working with Nigel Ellway in our senior management team. Welcome both!

Jul 2021


Stirling University Partnership

We are thrilled to have developed a partnership with Stirling University’s Department of Human Rights and Diplomacy.
Our Chairman Prof Roger Mullin will be overseeing two post graduate students, Zoe Clack and Ikenna Timothy Ugwuin their research linking victim assistance, human rights and international humanitarian law.
The final document will be published in 2022 in the UK Parliament.

REVIVE and COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster for us all – but even harder for those communities and individuals already suffering the effects of years of conflict or terror. We are delighted to have seen our partners at the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation use their resources in Cambodia and the Middle East to suppl medical equipment and COVID packs to remote communities and refugee camps.

COVID also affected the work of REVIVE – with Parliament closed and travel severely restricted, all we could do was plan for the time to intensify our efforts – and that time is now.


Global Aid Cuts

We at REVIVE were deeply saddened by the Government’s decision to cut its global aid budget at a time when the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world need more rather than less. Reduction in aid is likely to lead to more people becoming refugees, causing more problems for charities, statutory bodies and governments. 

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International Day of Mine Action Awareness

Statement by Nigel Ellway, Founding Director (REVIVE Campaign) and Head of Secretariat (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats). 4th April 2020.

 

The Coronavirus has stopped us marking today, the International Day of Mine Action Awareness in the way we have in the past, with an event in Parliament.

In many ways the virus is very similar to the scourge of landmines and explosive hazards – they are both insidious, indiscriminate and create great fear and uncertainty - and to some extent both are a consequence of man’s behavior.

For those of us who have never had to live with the fear of explosive violence, we are getting a taste of how it feels to be anxious to even step out of our front doors. For those who have been living with conflict for most of their lives, this virus must be another layer of hell.

How the world deals with both threats should be the same. Regardless of race, creed or national affiliation we must all work together and learn to live together.

We created REVIVE to raise the issues facing the victims of explosive violence at a global political level. Many of these victims are now at very high risk from the Coronavirus, please let’s not forget them.

 

REVIVE works collaboratively with mine-action and victim assistance organisations and academia around the world.


#Angola2025

Roger Mullin - Chair of REVIVE - reflects on discussions at #Angola2025.

 

In November I attended an invitation only conference in South Africa, in my capacity as Chair of REVIVE. The conference title – ‘Landmine Clearance in Angola: Experiences, Challenges and Implications for National Development and International Reputation’ – appeared to set the scene for a wide-ranging consideration of issues, including humanitarian aspects of particular interest to REVIVE. However, although some issues were well discussed, I came away feeling some frustration.

My frustration was primarily regarding an issue that at the same time provided yet further justification for the existence of REVIVE: namely, the relatively weak consideration of landmine victims themselves. Indeed such discussion as did take place took, in my judgment, a rather narrow view of victims' needs.

At an early session on the funding of a major landmine clearance operation within Angola, little consideration was dedicated to victims until one delegate specifically sought information on how much of a major contract was earmarked for victim assistance. The answer was none.

Further discussions led to the suggestion from some quarters that the priority had to be clearance first. I found this a rather weak argument to say the least. Surely early intervention was always going to be preferable to years of delayed support?

I was further taken aback when during a refreshment break the argument was made to me that there should be no “special” treatment of landmine victims, as this would allow them to effectively queue jump others in society who needed medical care. This, it seemed to me, was little more than an excuse for failing to give victims due priority.

If REVIVE is going to conduct an inquiry into the psychological and other wider impacts of landmines and IEDs, we are going to have to remember that a general case for the kind of effective victim assistance we seek has yet to be made and widely accepted.

Nonetheless, there was a great deal stimulating discussion at the conference that caused me less frustration. Sessions on new approaches to funding, policy and strategy development by the Angolan government were particularly engaging. The management of the conference was also excellent, with plenty of scope for attendees to contribute: something I made full use of!

Of most interest to REVIVE was a number of very senior diplomats and government representatives who expressed very strong support for the potential role of REVIVE. In particular there was a strong view that an “honest broker” is required; one who could facilitate more effective engagement amongst governments and NGOs. On numerous occasions delegates highlighted the fact that competition among NGOs for funds, as well as conflicting views on priorities, are issues that continue to harm the wider interests of communities and victims alike.

As I reflect on the experience I am very glad REVIVE was represented, and am more convinced than ever that there is an important role for us to play.

 

This report is written following conference protocol and does not disclose the identity of individuals involved nor the views of the organisations they represented.