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'Daily Terror' exhibit raises awareness in Great Lakes region
As people strolled the streets of
The 16-panel cluster bomb exhibit features photos and stories from
Although it was an unusual part of
“The use of cluster bombs in the Vietnam War was horrendous,” said Kreider. “They keep on dying there. They keep on losing arms and legs because the cluster bombs are embedded in the soil. The killing continues.”
With their display table in front of the Ten Thousand Villages stores on
More than 140 people signed postcards, provided by MCC, to send to their
MCC is working towards the passage of treaties banning the use of land mines and cluster munitions. One way of raising awareness is through the “Daily Terror” cluster bomb display.
Eleven churches and organizations in MCC’s
Cluster munitions continue to kill long after a war ends because these weapons do not always explode on impact as designed. In places like
“We had a great weekend,” said Steve Yoder, pastor of First Mennonite. “The picture display helped put everything together and gave people an opportunity to respond to a justice issue and witness to our government. Many people signed the postcards and sent them to the two
At the Mennonite Church of Normal in Normal, Ill., where they also used the display, the congregation took the postcard campaign a step further by hand-delivering their signed postcards to local government offices.
Meredith Schroeer, one of the organizers at the church, is encouraged by the work MCC is doing and hopes others will recognize the need for legislation banning the use of cluster munitions. “Mines and cluster bombs pose such a terrible danger after the hostility,” she said, “and their continuing presence means that the hostilities haven’t really ended.”
For more information about the photo exhibit or to learn more about MCC’s work to ban cluster bombs, visit clusterbombs.mcc.org.