Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Judith draws attention to this article from the British Medical Journal, published in 1995, on the social cost of landmines in developing countries.

Although a little dated now, the key findings are depressing:

* One household in 20 reported a land mine victim, a third of them dying in the blast; one in 10 of the 2100 victims was a child
* The incidence of land mine accidents has more than doubled between 1980-3 and 1990-3
* Without mines, agricultural production could increase by 88-200% in Afghanistan and 135% in Cambodia
* Households with a land mine victim were 40% more likely to have difficulty providing food for the family
* Family relationships were affected for one in every four victims

The citations at the bottom of the article are also well worth pursuing.

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