WHAT WAR BRINGS: Civilian casualties from landmines
A report last month in McClatchy told of the casualties from landmines in the
Sadiqa Foroon has lost two brothers, her right foot and 32 sheep to landmines and other explosive remnants of the three wars that have raged through her village since 1980.
Burns from the mine she stepped on contort the right side of her face. "And my horse is missing a hoof," she said with a weary laugh. "So is my donkey."
Still, every morning she trudges back into the sun-scorched scrubland behind her house — one of the most densely contaminated minefields on the planet, according to international aid organizations — to collect firewood in order to cook for 12 children, and to harvest whatever scrap metal she thinks she can sell.
The article claims that the Iraqi Ministry of Defense stopped the mine-clearing operations because they feared that locals were selling the explosives to insurgents. Iraqi’s Environmental Ministry was opposed to this decision.
It is estimated that one Iraqi loses a limb or his/her life EVERY DAY in
The McClatchy article goes on to state:
The U.N. estimates that during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, American planes dropped 54 million "cluster bombs," small, grenade-like explosives scattered from a single shell. Most fell in southern and central
Deputy Environment Minister Kamal Latif said that an estimated 16 percent of those cluster bombs — more than 8 million — failed to explode and now litter the ground. They rest on top of 25 million landmines that the late dictator Saddam Hussein planted during
Iraq's war with in the 1980s and before the Gulf War and the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Iran
One village badly affected is Said Jabar, near
Here’s another story about landmines in
on Sunday after stepping on a landmine left from previous wars, the city’s police information office said. Basra
…….. There are a large number of landmine fields to the west and east of
Basraleft from previous wars in . The victims are mostly civilians, particularly women and children who shepherd in these areas and also search among the scraps for copper and aluminum to sell in order to eke out a living. Iraq
And this happens in
Three Afghan children were killed Friday by a mortar left over from a battle between police and Taliban, as bomb attacks and clashes left 31 more people dead…… The children, aged four to 10, were killed Friday when they touched a mortar shell left over from an exchange of fire the previous day between Taliban and police in the central
, police said. Another child was wounded, said provincial police chief Khial Baz Sherbaz. provinceof Ghazni
How bad is it?
Iraq is estimated to have 20 million landmines and 2.66 million cluster bombs spread out over more than 1,700 square kilometres. Only 20 square kilometres have been cleared by demining organisations since
signed up to the UN’s Mine Ban Treaty in February 2008. Iraq
The UN estimated that more than 1.6 million people are affected by the landmines. UNICEF reported that one million children are at risk.
The Centre for Artificial Limbs in
was established in 1995 to provide aid to landmine victims. It is the only centre of its kind in southern Basra and has about 600 people on its waiting list. Dr Kamal Yacoub, the centre’s director, says it is not equipped to cope with the demand. Iraq
“The centre produces 50 to 60 artificial limbs a month on average and can serve the same number of handicapped people, about 70 per cent of whom are landmine victims,” he said.
is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, and the increase in violence amid a thriving Taliban insurgency has slowed clearance work. Some 50 people are killed and maimed by mines every month. Afghanistan
I hope they are safe. I fear they are not.
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