According to the latest data from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), an international network in which AAR Japan participates, the number of confirmed deaths and injuries due to landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in 2019 rose to 5,554 in 55 countries and territories. That is a 60% increase from 3,457 in 2013.
Seiji Konno of the AAR Tokyo Office reports on the current status of landmine issues.
According to the data from 2019, the country with the highest number of victims is Afghanistan with 1,538 victims, followed by 1,125 in Syria and 358 in Myanmar. Mali, where political unrest continues, has also seen a sharp increase in casualties, with 345.
A notable trend in recent years has been the increase in damage caused by explosive devices other than landmines, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Source: AAR Japan