Helen Mirren pleads for a strong ATT: Lydia’s Story

June 22 2012, 1:23 AM by Rosie Cowling

12 years ago in South Africa, Oxfam ambassador and legendary actress Helen Mirren met Lydia, a bright young schoolgirl. Her mother was killed by gunmen, for no reason other than that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Lydia’s story, sadly, is all too common. Millions of people are being killed, injured, raped, repressed and forced to flee their homes every year. Health, education and other services are being denied and livelihoods destroyed. But we can stop it happening again in her generation.

12 years later, Lydia is a mother herself. And she is asking you, me, all of us to sign a petition to make the world safer for everyone – including mothers and children – by stopping the irresponsible trade of arms.

Please share this video with your friends, family, on your blog and via Facebook, Twitter and your other social networks. Isn’t preventing one child losing their mother worth it?

Sign the petition on the Control Arms website