Source: Center for International
Rehabilitation; Physicians Against Landmines (PALM )
UNICEF estimates that 30%-40% of all mine
victims are children under the age of 15, and a growing child typically needs a
new artificial limb every six to twelve months. These statistics illustrate the
destructive potential of land mines and the extroadinary cost, in terms of
quality of life and resources, that they generate.
It is estimated that Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the
world. The tragic events of September 11th, and the ensuing military action in Afghanistan, make it even more important and urgent that the
public understand the dangers posed by land mines and the costs incurred by
their presence. The CIR has been active in disseminating information on Afghanistan and urging the United States Government to refrain
from the use of landmines...
Although there are no known facts regarding
troop casualties from land mines in Afghanistan, historically, the trend is not positive. In the
Italian campaign of 1944 land mines accounted for 4.4% of U.S. casualties, in Vietnam the percentage rose to 33%. In 1990 land mine
injuries accounted for 90% of combat related casualties in El Salvador.
Sources: UN Mine
Action Program for Afghanistan, Landmine Monitor, Human Rights Watch, Physicians Against Land Mines
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