This Week In The Bmj

Mine injuries rise sharply after hostilities cease

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7270.0/e (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:e

Two million landmines were laid in Eritrea during 29 years of war with Ethiopia. Hanevik and Kvale (p 1189), reviewed the surgical notes of landmine victims from four hospitals in Eritrea over the four years immediately after the war ended, and found that 248 civilians were injured, of whom 51% needed amputations. The mean age of victims was 21 years and most were male. The number of victims rose sharply when the war ended, owing to increased mobility of the population. The authors suggest restricting people's movements when conflicts end, until mines can be cleared.