There are still 100 million landmines around the world and the demining is not happening fast enough. To achieve a MINE FREE WORLD we need to join our hands!In 2019 Ukraine marks fifth among states with most recorded mine/ERW casualties in 2018 according to Landmine Monitor 2019.Since March 2014, the total number of civilian casualties from explosive objects is more than 1,000, of which 300 were killed by landmines, including 27 children.International organizations call for assistance for Ukrainian children affected by landmines or explosive remnants.We wish China, United States, and Russia would sign the Mine Ban Treaty. That would make a big difference.”In 2018, the Monitor recorded 6,897 people were killed or injured by mines/ERW – 3,059 people were killed, 3,837 people were injured, and for one casualty the survival status was unknown. The continuing high total was influenced by casualties recorded in countries facing armed conflict and large-scale violence, particularly Afghanistan, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Syria, and Ukraine. Accurate data gathering for active conflicts, however, remains challenging”- the report said.According to the document, the vast majority of recorded landmine/ERW casualties were civilians (71%) where their status was known, a slight decrease in the ratio over recent years. In 2018, children accounted for 54% of all civilian casualties where the age was known, an increase of seven percentage points from the 2017 annual total, and 12 percentage points in 2016.UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for increased efforts to address the dangers and legacy of landmines in eastern Ukraine.Humanitarian mine action partners in Ukraine started to recruit and train women for demining positions.Please, support mine-clearing organizations and remember – landmine does not distinguish between a soldier’s foot and a child’s.To achieve a #landminefree2025, we need a strong commitment from the international donor community, governments, and individuals.
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