Friday, April 8, 2016

Virtual Training: Field Application


    Since its inception 10 years ago, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action has been recognized anally by the UN since 2006. In cooperation with social media conglomerate Instagram, Mine Awareness featured a simple and familiar game on Instagram where users can play the mine game that is in many was similar to the popular PC game Minesweeper. Though the game might not be teaching people how to be mine proof, it is raising awareness about the problem many nations face due to left behind, war time mines that plague civilians all over the globe. Once a user loses the game and reveals a mine in one of the squares the mine reveals a larger image behind the rest of the panels and the images vary among different mine victims, most of whom are missing limbs. A baby step maybe, but I feel this is a step in the right direction in terms of raising awareness and bringing this problem on a global platform by making it available to all on Instagram.

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