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Landmines and explosives kill over 1,000 in Afghanistan in past two years: UN

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United Nations Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan (UNOCHA) has announced that from January 2022 to February 2024, at least 1,401 individuals in Afghanistan have fallen victim to landmine and explosive detonations.

UNOCHA stated on Wednesday, March 3rd, that 86% of the casualties of landmine and explosive detonations in Afghanistan are children.

According to the organization’s report, 1.2 million square meters of Afghan soil, encompassing 262 districts near educational centers and resources, are contaminated with landmines and explosives.

UNOCHA emphasizes that landmine and explosive detonations are the second leading cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, with approximately four million individuals living in areas at risk.

UNOCHA highlights that the specific threat of landmine and explosive detonations in Afghanistan primarily affects livelihood-dependent families engaged in agriculture and livestock, including farmers, shepherds, and herdsmen.

Additionally, the organization identifies one of the reasons for the increased casualties from landmines and explosive detonations in Afghanistan as the collection of metals for financial gain by families.

Previously, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) had reported that over the past 35 years, 44,000 civilians in Afghanistan, including children and women, have become victims of landmines and explosive detonations.

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