The Swiss Embassy in the Netherlands presents an exhibition created by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining – GICHD Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), incorporating the International Day of Mine Awareness by giving mine action a human face with the photo exhibition Life of Mine which can be seen in the Atrium of the City Hall of The Hague. Except on Easter Monday April 22, 2019 and Kingsday April 27, 2019.

A series of photographs by Johannes Müller shows the manifold impact that the explosive remnants of war have on communities, shedding light on the people whose lives have been impacted by explosive hazards and those who dedicate their lives to eliminating them.

Life-sized portrait photos allow viewers to truly encounter the subjects via their stories, at a very emotional and human level, to provide a deep, empathy-generating insight into mine action. The images were taken in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lebanon and Colombia.

The GICHD works toward keeping communities safe from the risks stemming from explosive ordinance. It supports its partners around the world to save lives and restore livelihoods. By offering workshops and training courses, developing concepts, methods and tools, and promoting the effective and efficient use of resources, the Centre supports the ultimate goals of mine action: saving lives, returning land to productive use, and promoting development.

Switzerland is fully committed to a world without new victims of mines, cluster munitions, and explosive remnants of war, and is a founding member of the GICHD.

For more information about the International Day of Mine Awareness, please visit Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining – GICHD and #togetheragainstmines