BAJAUR: International Mines Awareness Day was observed here on Friday to further increase awareness about the mine risk in the region.
A function in this regard was organized by Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) local chapter in Khar city which was attended by people from different walks of life, including tribal elders, religious leaders, political and social activists and persons with disabilities in large numbers.
Pakistan Red Crescent Society local chapter secretary Tariq Zaman and Shah Khalid informed the participants about the history and significance of International Mines Awareness Day.
Speakers at the occasion said the International Mines Awareness Day is being celebrated across the world since 2005, saying the purpose of observing the Day was to promote awareness among the people against the risk of mining and the importance of safety measures.
Theme of the International Mines Awareness Day for 2019, they said is Safe Ground – Safe Home” around the world.
The idea of the International Mines Awareness Day, the participants were told that not only to aware the people about the Mine, but also to support the victims of mines.
The participants were also told that PRCS was the only public run organization in Pakistan in general and Bajaur in particular that educating the community about the risk of mines.
According to them, Risk education was the significant segment of PRCS, saying under the programe, a number of sessions have been conducted in schools and communities to reach out with Risk Education and develop a frame work for implementation of community-based approach.
The participants on the occasion thanked the PRCS for observing the International Mines Awareness Day by holding an event, saying that such events were vital to promote awareness among the people about the risk of mines in the region.
On the occasion, the PRCS officials have distributed cloths and others gifts to score of persons with disabilities.
Latter, a walk was also held which was attended by people from all walks of life in large numbers.