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How the UN Used a Video Game to Raise Awareness for Land Mines

Take a wild guess at the game in question.

Instagram is a massively popular social network where hundreds of millions of people share photos and videos with the world. It’s the platform of choice for shots of fancy meals, poorly lit bar scenes and cute animals. Now it can also be used to play a video game — albeit one that’s hacked together.

Earlier this week, the United Nations observed the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The annual event began a decade ago, on April 4, 2006, as a way for the UN to highlight mine action: the effort to clear land mines and related explosive devices from countries around the globe; educate people about the dangers of such weapons; assist victims of land mines; advocate for a mine-free world; and destroy stockpiles of mines. The UN currently supports mine action in 40 countries and three territories.

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