On 7 February, a new inquiry and awareness campaign was launched at the House of Commons to look into the reasons for the alarming rise in the number of casualties of explosive violence around the world and offer solutions to the international community on how to meet this challenge.
Revive, which stands for ‘Reduce Explosive Violence, Increase Victim Empowerment’, will shine a light on the individuals and organisations which provide help and support to victims of explosive weapons. EMERGENCY UK is a proud partner of the campaign, alongside other leading UK charities such as Action on Armed Violence, Find a Better Way, and the International Refugee Trust.
Dr Matthew Offord MP, chairman of the APPG on Explosive Threats, of which EMERGENCY UK is also a participant, said, “In the last Parliament, we undertook an inquiry into the use of improvised explosive weapons and the efforts to defeat them. At the end of that very informative project, we committed to hold another from the victims’s perspective, and that is what I am launching here today. The Revive campaign is aimed at my fellow parliamentarians, the UK and international media, and anyone else who can make a positive difference in reducing the threat and reduce the suffering of those impacted.”
Rossella Miccio, President of EMERGENCY, said in a statement, “We have operated in conflict zones since 1994 and remain extremely concerned by the threat posed by explosive weapons around the world. From the Battle of Mosul to the current wave of violence in Kabul, our hospitals have faced extraordinary challenges over the past 18 months as we endeavour to provide high-quality medical care for war victims. There are no more ‘safe areas’; places that should be respected and protected are now regular targets of violence. Guaranteeing the medical care that we provide has become increasingly difficult. The Revive campaign serves as an important opportunity to raise awareness of the urgent need to reduce explosive violence and increase victim empowerment and support. These principles are at the heart of EMERGENCY and our work.”
You can read more about the Revive campaign here.