A BBC journalist who lost part of his right leg when he stepped on a landmine
has held the anti-personnel device for the first time since the explosion in
Producer Stuart Hughes was filming in the Kurdish-held town of Kifri, when his four-man crew was mistakenly guided into a minefield.
In the explosions which followed, Stuart's colleague, cameraman Kaveh Golestan, 52, was killed and Stuart's injuries were so severe that his foot and lower leg later had to be amputated.
The 31-year-old is now undergoing rehabilitation in his home city of Cardiff, and has become a patron of Manchester-based mine clearance charity, Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
He is writing a weekly diary on his recovery for BBC Wales News Online.
Stuart Hughes has become a patron of the Mines Advisory Group
Stuart has been pictured with landmines similar to the one which caused his injuries to publicise MAG's campaign.
He said: "When I first saw it I found it very upsetting.
"To think that something so small and innocuous maimed me for life and killed
a friend and colleague is an upsetting thing.
"I do not feel angry towards the people who laid the mines.
"I'm aware that they are just following orders and it is difficult to feel
any bitterness towards them.
"But I do feel angry at those still involved in the trading of mines.
as I am concerned they certainly do not follow the rules of war."
MAG needs people like Stuart to help
champion our work
Stuart has said he was shocked to
discover the true extent of the landmine problem in northern Iraq, in which
dozens of people, mainly children, have been killed.
He added: "MAG was the only mine clearance organisation working in the region.
"As a landmine survivor myself I am proud to be able to support MAG's work in
trying to rid northern Iraq of the scourge of these horrific weapons."
MAG employs almost 2,000
world-wide with specialist teams in Lebanon, Angola, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan,
Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iraq.
MAG chairman Lou McGrath said: "We are overwhelmed by Stuart's support.
"It shows huge strength of character to be able to talk about his experiences
while he is still coming to terms with them.
"We felt compelled to make him a patron and we were thrilled when he accepted
and wanted to join our cause.
"MAG needs people like Stuart to help
champion our work and help us raise desperately-needed funds."
Read Stuart Hughes' diary on BBC Wales News Online every week.