In 1997, Princess Diana drew worldwide attention to the plight of those maimed by landmines. She was invited to Angola by The International Committee of the Red Cross and saw first-hand the work of The HALO Trust. The iconic image of Diana in a minefield in Huambo Province helped bring attention to the campaign to ban landmines.
The Ottawa Treaty was adopted and signed in late 1997 by 122 countries. The treaty prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. Twenty years later the minefield in Huambo Province, Angola is now a street with shops and businesses - the people have returned and lives have been put back together.
The HALO Trust has continued to clear these devastating devices from affected areas around the world. Through personal testimony, photography and fascinating objects, the exhibition will explore the lifesaving work of this major Scottish charity.
The HALO Trust is the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation. It saves lives and restores communities threatened by landmines and other weapons of war, such as cluster bombs, stockpiles of small arms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Born out of a desire to help the people of Afghanistan in 1988, it now has over 6,000 staff in 19 countries and territories, helping vulnerable communities get back on track.
A specially trained female deminer in Laos © The HALO Trust
An amputee with her grandchildren in Cambodia. Photograph by Marta Karpiel © The HALO Trust
The HALO Trust personnel deal with explosive devices from mines to aircraft bombs © The HALO Trust
A specially trained deminer in Angola. Photograph © Fiona Willoughby.
School children receiving mine awareness education in Afghanistan © The HALO Trust
Surveying for landmines in Cambodia © The HALO Trust
Header image: Princess Diana walking through a minefield in Angola to highlight the work of the HALO Trust © Anwar Hussein