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Stand by Me
Annual Report 2005
We are survivors helping survivors
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid
Oh I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me
Excerpted from Stand By Me by Ben E. King
When you detonate a mine, you are suddenly
very alone. When I laid in a mass of dirt and
rock and pain, I was cut off from the life I
had known the moment before I stepped on
With that one fateful step, I became
someone in need.
I needed the doctors and nurses who took
care of me. I needed the social workers who
told me I could do whatever I set my mind to.
I needed my family and friends to support
me like never before. And, I needed the
example of other survivors. Luckily, I had all
of that. I had people who stood by me and
with me, and I found my life again.
Sadly, most landmine victims have no one
to help them recover. Their physical wounds
may heal, but the vast majority of them are
simply left to their isolation and grief.
At LSN, we believe that with help,
everyone can recover and thrive. And
because we’re survivors ourselves, we know
what it takes to end the isolation and
hopelessness. It takes a wide circle of people
willing to connect, and stay connected, to
each person trying to reclaim his or her life.
It takes partnerships between and among
health workers, job trainers, small business
loan providers, educators, and human rights
advocates. LSN staff make it their business to
walk alongside each victim until that person
is strong enough to walk for him or herself.
Until that victim is a survivor.
It’s not enough to watch from afar as
these people struggle to recover. We must
step into their lives, into their hospital rooms,
into their homes, and into their work. We
must stand with and by each victim until they
can, like me, walk into a future rich with
Landmines blow up innocent people every day