Danish humanitarian aid for Thai victims of landmines

The Danish humanitarian organization, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, has begun sending clothes and blankets to Thai victims of landmines along the borders with Cambodia and Myanmar.Due to past conflicts in those areas, specifically in Cambodia and Myanmar, there is still thousands of landmines in the ground.

Folkekirkens Nødhjælp has been supporting the  two countries for years, so it is only natural to extend the assistance to victims in Thailand, Bjarne Ussing, chief of Folkekirkens Nødhjælps landmine-programme, said to the organizations magazine.

Photo: Folkekirkens Nødhjælp
Photo: Folkekirkens Nødhjælp

“We, as a humanitarian organization, are looking at the region as a whole. It would be strange not to help the landmine victims, just because they are on the Thai side of the borders.”

The aid is for the Thai veterans and villagers, who have been injured and disabled by landmines. During the cold months, temperature at night can get very chilly in those areas, so in dialogue with the Veteran Association, Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, decided that basic human needs, such as blankets and clothing, are most appropriate at this time, along with prosthesis help for some of the former soldiers. So far 550 sets of blankets and 550 clothing have been delivered.

“Even though Thailand has much more resources compared to the other bordering countries, there is still gaps that need to be filled – in terms of medical help and aid, in some regions, “ Bjarne Ussing said.

Source: Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, January 28.

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