30. More that 97% of Kuwait’s land is purported to be mined after the Gulf War and other conflicts that have wreaked havoc on this country.
31. 3 decades of war have left Cambodia with an enormous anti-personnel land mine problem. The UN estimates that there are between 8 and 10 million active mines situated across the country, which have been hidden from as far back as 1979. More than 40,000 Cambodians have suffered amputations as a result of detonating land mines, which works out to 40 victims every single week for 20 years.
32. There are reports of anti personnel land mines being used in Cambodia in alarming ways – including to settle land disputes by civilians, to hunt tigers and even by police to catch criminals on the run.
33. Over 1,096 communities in Afghanistan are affected by the 10 million land mines that are scattered across this war battered nation.
34. 10 to 12 people per day are injured or killed by the 10 million land mines which are spread across most of Afghanistan.
35. There are 1 or 2 mines per person that live in Angola, around 10-20 million are in fields, villages and roads throughout the nation. The country has estimated that 70,000 of its citizens are amputees as a result of the explosive devices.
36. The Iran-Iraq conflict has left something like 16 million anti personnel devices in Iran.
37. Egypt is though to have more land mines active than any other country – with desert minefields being dubbed ‘The Devil’s Garden’. There are around 23 million land mines, both anti-tank and anti-personnel, which are notoriously hard to find.
38. There are secondary impacts of land mines on the environment – including soil degradation, deforestation, pollution of water and changes in the local biostructure.
39. 80% of the World’s nations are a part of the Mine Ban Treaty.
40. However, many powerful nations have decided not to accept the Mine Ban Treaty – including China, Egypt, Finland, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia and the United States.
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