Land mines mostly affect civilians but medical care often inadequate

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 15 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1014
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    Land mines and other explosive remnants of war, including cluster munitions, claimed 5751 casualties—including 1367 people killed and 4296 injured—in 68 countries in 2006. Civilians made up three quarters of all victims, a global report says.

    Overall, children—almost all boys—accounted for one third of civilian victims. In some places most casualties were children. In Afghanistan they accounted for 59% of casualties, Palestine 67%, Somalia 66%, Ethiopia 62%, Nepal 53%, Mozambique 49%, Vietnam 44%, the Democratic Republic of Congo 42%, and Laos 41%.

    One quarter of casualties were military staff. …

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