Circle of Impact: The Fatal Footprint of Cluster Munitions on People and Communities

Report
from Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Published on 01 May 2007
Cluster bombs, weapons that release several hundred smaller 'bomblets' when fired, pose an unacceptable danger to civilians both during and long after a conflict. These 'bomblets' often fail to explode and can be spread over an area at least the size of several football pitches, creating a highly lethal 'footprint'.

Through data collection and analysis in affected countries, this research project has sought to improve understanding of the impact of cluster munitions by documenting short-, mid- and longterm casualties; the cumulative effects of disability and mortality; and the socio-economic impacts on families and communities. While by no means an exhaustive treatment of these impacts, the human character of the impact on affected communities comes into sharper focus.