|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:45:35 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, GLOBAL: "Afghans live in peril among unexploded Nato bombs that litter countryside"|
Afghans live in peril among unexploded Nato bombs that litter
Ordnance left by parting international troops kills or injures about
40 people a month – the vast majority children
by Sune Engel Rasmussen Guardian (UK) January 29, 2015International troops pulling out of Afghanistan have left behind a lethal legacy of unexploded bombs and shells that are killing and maiming people at a rate of more than one a day. The vast majority are children.
Bombs dropped from the air coupled with munitions left behind in makeshift firing ranges in rural Afghanistan have made parts of the countryside perilous for locals who are used to working the land for subsistence and raw materials.
Since 2001, the coalition has dropped about 20,000 tonnes of ammunition over Afghanistan. Experts say about 10% of munitions do not detonate: some malfunction, others land on sandy ground. Foreign soldiers have also used valleys, fields and dry riverbeds as firing ranges and left them peppered with undetonated ammunition.
Statistics from the UN-backed Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (Macca) show there were 369 casualties in the past year, including 89 deaths. The rate rose significantly in October and November when 93 people were injured, 84 of them children. Twenty died.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/29/afghans-lives-in-peril- unexploded-bombs
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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