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May 2002

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Land Mine Wars
A Global Burden

The Land Mine Wars

Employed in dozens of conflicts since coming into wide use in World War II, land mines keep terrorizing. Last year explosives killed or maimed 15,000 to 20,000 people in some 70 countries. Now more mines are being cleared than laid worldwide, and casualty figures, while ghastly, are slowly declining.

Web Links

International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Get the latest information on the campaign, and learn how you can help rid the world of land mines.

Landmine Monitor
Find out how signatories of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty are complying with its regulations and what humanitarian assistance is being offered.

Human Rights Watch
Learn more about the human rights issues in individual countries around the world.

Free World Map

Humanitarian organizations have persuaded more than 140 nations to commit to a ban of antipersonnel mines. Should the U.S. sign the agreement? Share your thoughts.


Cameron, Maxwell A., and others, eds. To Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines. Oxford University Press, 1999.

Croll, Mike. The History of Landmines. Pen and Sword, 1998.

Roberts, Shawn, and Jody Williams. After the Guns Fall Silent: The Enduring Legacy of Landmines. Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, 1995.

Winslow, Philip C. Sowing the Dragon’s Teeth: Land Mines and the Global Legacy of War. Beacon Press, 1998.

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