Left Behind by War: Unexploded Ordnance Keeps Killing Displaced Iraqis

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) this week highlighted the grim situation produced by the explosive remnants of years of battle in Iraq with Islamic State and others.

“The scale, density and complexity of explosive hazards are unprecedented, making Iraq one of the most contaminated countries in the world,” the statement said.

An estimated “70 percent of explosive hazards still lie underneath the rubble,” Pehr Lodhammar, senior program manager of UNMAS in Iraq, was quoted as saying in the statement.

Although Iraqi forces retook the areas under ISIS control in 2017, and US-backed troops dismantled the so-called caliphate’s last bastion, in Baghuz, Syria, in March of this year, the explosive hazards continue to take lives.

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Source: themedialine