While the number of people killed or maimed by landmines each year has fallen considerably over the past fifteen years, unexplored ordinates and munitions still inflict thousands of casualties around the world. According to recent data released by the Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor, 3,678 people were injured or killed by landmines, victim-activated improvised explosive devices and remnants of cluster munitions in 2014. The year the Ottawa Treaty (Mine Ban Treaty) came into effect in 1999, that number was 9,220.
While the decline in annual mine-related injuries and deaths is significant, landmines still inflict thousands of casualties each year. Forbes recently released a statistical analysis data chart that shows the ongoing threat posed by dangerous unexplored ordinates.
Out of 2014’s 3,678 victims, 1,243 were killed while 2,386 were injured. Afghanistan had the most casualties by far (1,296) followed by Colombia (286) and Myanmar (251). 80 percent of the victims were civilians with children accounting for 39 percent of all injuries and deaths. There were an average of 10 casualties every day in 2014 while in 1999, one occurred every hour on average. Since global tracking began in 1999, the Montor has recorded over 96,000 casualties caused by mines or explosive remnants of war.
– Niall McCarthy, Forbes
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