After Years of Work, Roots of Peace Starts Demining West Bank

BETHLEHEM, April 9, 2013 (WAFA) – After several years of hard work and lobbying, the international humanitarian organization, Roots of Peace, started this week historic demining the fields of Bethlehem, starting with Husan village, said a Roots of Peace statement.

Roots of Peace founder and chief executive officer Heidi Kühn said, “No child should be born anywhere in the world with the risk of losing life or limb to a landmine. This is generational wisdom.”

During the past three years, Kuhn has worked with interfaith organizations and political leaders in Israel and Palestine to assure that deminers representing both countries will be included in the historic Roots of Peace landmine removal program, said the statement.

Kühn met with both President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to gain their support for her landmine initiatives and got unanimous legislation at the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, to allow her “peace action” to begin in the first days of spring 2013, added the statement.

Following the successful removal of landmines, the planting of grapevines and olive trees will occur, it said.

“This Mines To Vines® humanitarian effort, from the heart of a mother, will inspire others to plant the roots of peace so that they may protect the footsteps of innocent children,” said Kuhn.

There are an estimated 1.5 million landmines and UXO in the Holy Land, said Roots of Peace.

Following the completion of her work in Bethlehem, Kühn aims to broaden the Roots of Peace demining efforts to Qasr al Yahud, the Baptismal site of Jesus.

Roots of Peace is an international humanitarian, non-political organization. It works to unearth dangerous landmines in war-torn countries

Source: WAFA News