Today, 110 million landmines can be found in more than 60 countries across four continents, putting more than 900 million people at risk of being injured or killed. Despite being deployed for military purposes, up to 80% of landmine casualties are civilians, with thousands killed every year. The presence of landmines not only poses a serious risk of physical harm and psychological trauma, but also stifles the long-term social and economic redevelopment of entire regions, isolating locals from schools, hospitals and other basic necessities.
Despite the progress that has been made in the past decades, landmines and explosives remnants of war still have devastating effects on many local communities. Along with direct casualties among civilians, landmines cause lasting psychological trauma and impede long-term social and economic re-developmental following conflict. The technologies used to clear mines have barely changed over the past 20 to 30 years. Techniques used are dangerous, slow and require lots of manpower. Using current technologies, full detection and clearance of all landmines across the world would take over 1100 years.
“It’s hard to see how anyone can fail to care about innocent children and animals being blown up by landmines.”
Stiching Mine Kafon Foundation
Professor moserstraat 42a
6224 JA Maastricht