Show News April 4, 2011
International Day For Mine Awareness

Landmines are one of the most brutal weapons of war, because with landmines there are no rules. They don't distinguish between soldiers/fighters and civilians. And they can remain deadly for decades after a war is over.

Today is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. In 1997, the United Nations passed an international treaty to ban landmines. Since then, the world has made great strides toward eradicating the threat of landmines. But they still kill several thousand people each year, mainly in developing countries.

As well, 37 countries have still not signed the treaty, including Burma, Iran, North Korea, Somalia and the United States (although the U.S. has not used mines since 1991). Libya hasn't signed the treaty yet either. And according to Human Rights Watch, Libya's government has used landmines in its fight against rebels seeking to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi...

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