Monday, September 17, 2007

Guerrilla Geography: Day 3, Reading Cluster Bombs

Cluster bombs are designed to control space and will be the focus of the third Guerrilla Geography day in support of Landmine Action and Handicap International's campaign to stop the weapons use.

Cluster Bombs and Landmines directly change the geography of lives across the world in a wide range of ways from preventing industries functioning effectively and the demographics of communities to the geographies of young people and hearding of livestock.

Key facts on cluster bombs according to Handicap International.

* 98% of recorded casualties are civilians.
* 27% of casualties are children.
* 67% casualties are killed or injured in course of earning their livelihood.
* 24 countries and regions are affected by cluster munitions worldwide.
* 5% to 30% of cluster bombs fail to explode on impact.
* 34 countries produce at least 210 different types of cluster bombs and 73 countries stockpile cluster bombs.
* The UK currently stockpiles and exports cluster bombs and used them during the war in Iraq.

Read more here:

For this event we will create a fake cluster bomb site to raise awareness of how these weapons change the geography of peoples lives and the role of the UK in this global industry. An opinion 'cluster map' will be created by supporters which will then be posted to David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Location: Reading, UK (or a mirror event where you are)
Time: 1pm
Date: 04/11/07

To join this event and find out more please email or post your thoughts here.

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