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Signature of the peace agreement in Colombia: there is still much to do to demine the country

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Colombia

On the occasion of the historical peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Handicap International call to mind that there is still much to do to decontaminate the country.

Carlos Filo, an anti-personal landmine victim, is sitting in his home.

Carlos Filo, an anti-personal landmine victim, is sitting in his home. | © Gaël Turine / VU - Colombia 2008

According to the 2013 Landmine Monitor Report, Colombia is the 2nd country of the world in terms of victims of mines, just behind Afghanistan. 50 years of civil war have contaminated 31 of the 32 departments of the country and generated thousands of victims of anti-personnel mines. Between 1990 and 2013, more than 10.000 victims have been counted. Almost half of them was civilians including 26% of children.

Handicap International is acting in Colombia since 1998 but the NGO is fighting against landmines in the country since 2005. The association is supporting the victims so they have access to assistance, especially putting them into relation with the healing structures, rehabilitation sessions, psychosocial help and support to get a job and a place in society.

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Protecting civilians from explosive weapons in populated areas
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Protecting civilians from explosive weapons in populated areas

Last Monday in Geneva, more than 70 States met for the second round of negotiations for a political declaration against the use of explosive weapons in urban areas. HI was there to recall the urgency of protecting civilians.        

HI, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, outraged by the Trump administration's to-come decision to use mines
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HI, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, outraged by the Trump administration's to-come decision to use mines

The Trump Administration announced a deadly landmine policy shift

Clearance in Laos: the demining teams are not giving up!
© N. Lozano Juez / HI
Explosive weapons

Clearance in Laos: the demining teams are not giving up!

 In Laos, HI continues its interventions to eliminate the threat and reduce the humanitarian and socio-economic risk that the explosive remnants of war still pose to the country's populations today.