Landmines continue to be a daily threat for civilians in more than 82 countries around the world. Yet major countries still won’t give them up.
The statistics are shocking. OneWorld International revealed that:
- 90% of landmines affect civilians.
- 110 million landmines lie in the ground on every continent.
- 70 people are killed or injured every day by landmines. That’s one person every 15 minutes, 26,000 people per year.
- Mines can cost as little as $3 to make and over $1000 to clear.
Civilians in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Angola, Somalia, Chechnya, Iraq, Bosnia, Croatia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, and dozens of other countries risk their lives everyday when they walk around. They are “living on a time-bomb that could explode at any moment, in any place”.
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The Ottawa Treaty strives to ban the existence of landmines all over the world. However, for the sake of their security, China, Russia and the United States have decided not to endorse it. As a CNN report declares, the US is the only member of NATO that has made this decision.