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OCHA: 60 people killed or maimed monthly by war mines in Afghanistan

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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 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan claims that 60 people are killed or maimed each month due to the explosion of mines left over from previous wars.

This agency stated on Tuesday, June 4, on its social media platform X, that most of the individuals killed or maimed by these leftover mines are children.

Previously, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan (OCHA) reported that from January 2022 to February 2024, at least 1,401 people in Afghanistan have fallen victim to mine explosions and explosive remnants of war.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has also announced that Afghanistan is one of the most explosive-contaminated countries in the world.

In the past few decades, during internal and guerrilla wars, thousands of mines have been planted in various regions of Afghanistan, leaving behind a significant amount of unexploded ordnance.

The remnants of war in Afghanistan, stemming from four decades of conflict, have left a tragic legacy. Despite numerous demining efforts, vast areas remain littered with unexploded mines and ordnance, posing a constant threat to civilians, especially children.

The ongoing danger from these remnants of war has had a devastating impact on Afghan children. Many have lost their lives or suffered severe injuries due to accidental explosions, highlighting the urgent need for continued demining initiatives and support for the victims.

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