Land mines kill or maim about 500 people per week, according to the U.S. State Department. They deprive countless more of the land they need to make a living.
Many congregations worldwide will ring their church bells at noon March 1 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty banning land mines. Lutheran World Relief requested two peals: one for people endangered by mines, and another as a message calling on the U.S. government to commit to a complete ban on their manufacture, sale and stockpiling.
© 2013 Augsburg Fortress, Publishers