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


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.