What is the impact of landmines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and unexploded ordnance (UXO)?
Last Updated: Jan 06, 2017     Views: 855

Landmines don't distinguish between soldier and civilian, farmers at work or children at play. They recognize no ceasefire. For countries recovering from conflict, these devices impede socio-economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

These devices:

  • make agricultural land unusable,
  • restrict access to water,
  • keep schools from being built and students and teachers from attending classes,
  • hinder the construction and maintenance of infrastructure.

More than 65 countries are contaminated with landmines and ERW.

To access key statistics on landmines check out the statistics page of the research guide.

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