The HALO Trust , the anti-landmine charity supported by Princess Diana and now championed by her son Prince Harry, is launching a stark onl...
The HALO Trust, the anti-landmine charity supported by Princess Diana and now championed by her son Prince Harry, is launching a stark online Christmas campaign today (17th December) to remind parents of the dire reality facing children in Yemen this festive season.
The campaign has been devised pro bono by Grey London.
As parents spend the final days in the build up to Christmas looking for presents for their children, the hard-hitting online poster campaign ‘Toys Made in Yemen’, aims to make them realise that kids in Yemen are not so fortunate. The poster features an image of a war-damaged toy along with the text: “The must have toy this Christmas’.
The HALO Trust has teamed up with Mumsnet, which will feature the campaign on its site, along with a series of articles about the dire reality that Yemeni kids face every day, not just at Christmas.
Described by the United Nations as “the single biggest humanitarian crisis in the world right now”, unexploded rockets and landmines deployed in Yemen’s civil war kill and maim innocent children every day. Yet just £3 – less than the price of many stocking fillers – can help The HALO Trust destroy one of these death traps.
The HALO Trust’s mission is to clear mines and help rebuild countries after conflicts - the people of Yemen are suffering after almost five years of bloody civil war. By partnering with Mumsnet, the aim of the campaign is to shock parents across the UK into making a donation by highlighting the appalling plight of children living in war-torn Yemen, so the charity can clear as many landmines as possible.
The HALO Trust, which works in 25 countries around the world, is a recipient of a UK Aid Match grant, meaning donations will be doubled by the UK Government from now up until December 22nd, 2019. It is also registered as part of AmazonSmile.
Paul McCann, Head of Communications at The HALO Trust, said: “HALO works in some of the world’s most dangerous places removing landmines and making people safe from the unexploded debris of war. There are few places where this work is needed more urgently than Yemen. We’re working with Mumsnet so they can help bring home to people in the UK the realities of life in one of the world’s war zones. By focusing on a war-damaged toy we hope to cut through some of the Christmas clutter and make a distant war more real for people.’
Nicholas Torbert, HALO’s head of region for Yemen, said: “Every visit to Yemen brings home the tragedy being visited on the people there. Landmines, improvised explosive devices and unexploded bombs are killing and maiming thousands of innocent civilians and stopping them from accessing emergency food supplies. Children are especially at risk - from walking through mined areas or because their natural curiosity means they pick up dangerous objects with lethal consequences. HALO is on the ground removing enormous quantities of explosive debris from their own communities. The job is huge and support from the public means we can clear more landmines, more quickly."
Mumsnet Founder, Justine Roberts, commented: “We are pleased to be working with The HALO Trust to bring more attention to the plight of children in war zones this Christmas.”
Mark Fairbanks, Creative Director at Grey London, said: “Christmas is all about children. But whilst the UK will spend £5 billion on toys, all the children of Yemen want is a life free from the ravages of war. We are proud to support The HALO Trust and the incredible work this organisation does in removing landmines and live bomb debris that is a daily part of those children’s lives.”
For more information about The HALO Trust click here: https://www.halotrust.org/
Creative Director: Mark Fairbanks
Copywriter: Mark Fairbanks
Art director: Fong Ong
Agency producer: Julia Parry and Martin McGinn
Photographer: Adam Hinton
ABOUT THE HALO TRUST
The HALO Trust has been saving lives and helping war-torn communities recover, by making their land safe for over 30 years.
When conflict ends, land is all too often littered with landmines and other dangerous explosives. Families live in fear and poverty. They can’t plant crops or graze cattle and day-to-day activities like getting to school and fetching water are fraught with risk. True peace doesn’t come until their land is safe. The HALO Trust does this by recruiting and training local men and women to clear landmines in their own communities. With their earnings, they can rebuild their lives. Some buy livestock, others plant crops or even start a business. In this way, they are once again in control of their own destiny. Some 98% of HALO’s 8,600 employees come from the communities it serves.
HALO established a registered office in Aden, Yemen in 2019, and is ow working closely with the national clearance capacity (YEMAC) to develop a sustainable, large scale clearance capacity. As well as mapping and survey work to fully understand the scale of the challenge HALO is dedicated to developing a large scale, innovative clearance capacity and clearing the thousands of mines, IEDs and UXO that litter the country, across all regions and communities.
Already, HALO’s training, mentorship and involvement to date has provided a well-needed boost to YEMAC’s morale and enthusiasm. It is very early in the programme but besides training, HALO’s intervention to date has also identified and taken practical steps, through its qualified EOD technicians, to minimise hazards posing an immediate threat to communities in Aden by improving storage of ammunition and explosives. It has also produced the first ERW contamination mapping for Yemen based on recorded data sets.
HALO’s aim is to improve safety and security with time through our engagement with and the support of YEMAC and other stakeholders.