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|Title:||Curse of Land Mines|
|Abstract:||<smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" name="country-region"><smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" name="place"> Almost 40 people were killed recently when a land mine blast perpetrated by Maoist rebels blew up a civilian bus in the Dantewada district of the state of Chattisgarh. Innumerable unsuspecting lives are lost every year to such land mine blasts. Children, curious by nature, are the most at risk. According to a report by the United Nations, children in at least 68 countries are today threatened by mines planted on the land they live on. Over 110 million land-mines of various types — plus millions more unexploded bombs, shells and grenades — remain hidden around the world, waiting to be triggered by the innocent and unsuspecting, the report says. So common are mines in Cambodia that they are now used for fishing, to protect private property and even to settle private disputes.</smarttagtype></smarttagtype>|
|Appears in Collections:||SR Vol.47(08) [August 2010]|
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