News Update
December 3, 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles
Roots of Peace
Helnwein attends Private Luncheon adressing the issue of landmines, hosted by Diane Disney in honor of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
30 - 40% of all landmine victims are children under 15. . Los Angeles, Wednesday, December 3, 2003 His excellency Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General attended a Roots of peace (RoP) luncheon hosted by Diane Disney Miller in the Founders Room of the newly opened Walt Disney Concert Hall to adress the issue of landmines.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Founders Room
Los Angeles
In Honor of
His Excellency Kofi Annan
Secretary- General of the United Nations
and Mrs. Nane Annan
Diane Disney Miller
and
Heidi Kühn, Founder of Roots of Peace
Origins

Founder Heidi Kühn became gravely aware of the landmine crisis upon the tragic death of Princess Diana in 1997. Motivated by her own appreciation for the gift of life and the Princess's compassion and commitment to global demining, Kühn began Roots of Peace in honor of Diana's memory and to ensure that her work would continue.

The roots of our organization are in the heart of California's wine country. We are committed to the vintner's legacy of respect for the earth and its power to give and sustain life. With the generous support of the entire California wine industry, along with many other public and private organizations, Roots of Peace is beginning to make progress toward realizing our goal of turning "Mines into Vines."

In the spring of 2000 Roots of Peace completed its first "Mines to Vines" initiative by successfully demining hundreds of acres of land in war-torn Croatia. We replanted the grapes that once flourished in the region, and are helping to restore hope to the people who live there. As Kühn explains, "by healing the soil, we heal the soul."
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, Walt Disney Concert Hall
2003
Walter Elias Disney Miller and Gottfried Helnwein
2003
30 - 40% OF ALL LANDMINE VICTIMS ARE CHILDREN UNDER 15.
"Helnwein's subject matter is the human condition. The metaphor for his art is dominated by the image of the child, but not the carefree innocent child of popular imagination. Helnwein instead creates the profoundly disturbing yet compellingly provocative image of the wounded child. The child scarred physically and the child scarred emotionally from within."
Robert Flynn Johnson, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Roots of Peace is not alone in its mission to rid the world of landmines. To learn more about the landmine crisis and what other organizations are doing around the world, please click on the links below.




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