Saturday, September 29, 2012

After Afghanistan, Colombia Is Second In The World For Land Mine Victims

Colombia Is Second In World For Land Mine Victims, Behind Afghanistan -- FOX News

Six children are the latest victims of Colombia’s ongoing land mine crisis, as a 3-year old was killed and five others wounded following an explosion in the central-western department of Tolima.

This recent incident has helped the Andean nation reach what Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzón called the "dishonorable figure" of 10,001 landmine victims, making it the second most affected country in the world in terms of land mine incidents after war-torn Afghanistan.

"Girls, boys, teens, women, indigenous, farmers, workers, soldiers, police and heroes of the country have sacrificed their lives for the freedom and security of the Colombians. We want a Colombia without more victims of anti-personnel mines and free of these artifacts," Garzón said, according to Colombia’s Radio Caracol.

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My Comment: This is a tragedy that will continue for the next few decades .... claiming the lives of victims that have not even been born yet.

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