By Mohammed Ati
BASRA, Iraq, April 24 (Reuters) - The Iraqis who pick over their country's old battlefields for military scrap metal and wiring have few other ways to make a living, but the task comes with enormous risks.
So numerous are the wounds inflicted by mines and ordnance in Jurf al-Milh that the southern Iraqi village is better known as al Bitran, which means "the amputees" in the local dialect.
Hundreds of villagers have lost limbs to mines and unexploded ordnance from the Iraq-Iran war of 1980-1988.
Thursday, 8 March 2018 15:52 GMT
"I was walking with my brother, I stepped on a mine and it went off"
- Houthis plant thousands of anti-personnel mines
- Mines have killed dozens in just a few areas
- Munitions buried randomly across western Yemen
- Most victims are civilians, say doctors
By Aziz El Yaakoubi
Mines planted during more than three years of war in Benghazi are taking a high toll on under-equipped deminers and residents trying to return to districts where protracted battles took place
By Ayman al-Warfalli
BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 21 (Reuters) - As military deminers warily picked their way through streets wrecked by war in Benghazi, a loud blast rang out - a familiar sound in the Libyan city, areas of which are riddled with deadly explosives and booby traps.
Many villagers have been killed or maimed by mines and booby traps left behind by fighters as they withdrew
By John Davison
BASHIQA, Iraq, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Khedr Selim trod gingerly through the rubble of his old home, desperate to move back in with his family after two years on the run, but terrified in case Islamic State fighters, driven out at last, had wired the house to explode.
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"The longer these minefields last, the higher the human cost"
Uncleared minefields deter investment, hinder economic recovery
International funding for landmine clearance decreasing
Conflict makes clearance operations more difficult
Landmines and bombs take biggest toll on children
Graphic of landmines and funding: http://tmsnrt.rs/2bzitPo
By Josh Smith and Mirwais Harooni
BAGHDAD, April 24 (Reuters) - Iraq's military called for civilians displaced from Ramadi to stop returning home after dozens of them were killed by Islamic State mines planted in the western city's streets and buildings, officials said on Sunday.
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BAGHDAD, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Two weeks after declaring victory over Islamic State in Ramadi, Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces have pushed militants out to its eastern suburbs, but bombs littering the streets are holding up efforts to rebuild the city, officials said.
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Source: Reuters - Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:03 GMT
*Poor pay, lack of prospects strengthen allure of Europe
*Even with foreign aid, children work to support families
*Land mines, insecurity make Syria "safe zone" unviable
*Ruling party official warns of "new Afghanistan"
By Dasha Afanasieva
SURUC, Turkey, Oct 18 (Reuters) - So remote are their hopes of returning to Syria that even some of the teachers in the schools for refugees in Turkey quit to go to Europe.
By Anastasia Moloney
BOGOTA, March 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia, one of the most mine-scarred countries in the world, could be free of landmines in a decade after the government and FARC rebels reached a historic agreement on landmine clearance during peace talks in Cuba, an anti-landmine group said.
Source: Reuters - Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:47 GMT
DAKAR, Oct 19 (Reuters) - French forces have detained three men and seized a large cache of arms which they believe were linked to a recent rocket attack on a U.N. base in northern Mali in which a Senegalese peacekeeper was killed, the French military said on Sunday.
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By Dylan Welch
KABUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Unknown gunmen on Tuesday seized more than 60 Afghan workers clearing Soviet-era anti-tank mines in western Herat province, the largest mass kidnapping undertaken in an economically important area now beset by security problems.
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KEERNI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – One day when he was young, Mohammad Deen was ploughing his field with a pair of oxen, in the mountain village of Keerni in Poonch district, which sits just on the Indian side of the Line of Control that separates Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Author: Anastasia Moloney
BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Earlier this month, teenager Juan David Perez and his grandmother were walking in the countryside in northern Colombia when the 13-year-old boy came across an unexploded device. He touched it. The device exploded, killing him.
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SANAA, March 23 (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed by landmine explosions on Friday in a part of northern Yemen where Shi'ite Muslim fighters and tribal militiamen have fought running battles for months, the defence ministry said.
In a text message, the ministry said three mines killed civilians in the province of Hajja, which neighbours Saada province where the Houthi rebel movement has effective control and has fought tribal forces, some espousing a puritanical Sunni Muslim doctrine, Salafism, that deems Shi'ites heretics.
Security forces train rodents to find landmines
Hundreds of Colombians injured or killed each year
(Updates with additional details)
By Julia Symmes Cobb
BOGOTA, Nov 23 (Reuters) - In a laboratory on the grounds of a police-guarded complex, 11 white-furred rats wait their turn to impress trainers and perhaps receive a bit of sugar as reward.
28 Jul 2011 09:28
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About 10 landmines have not been recovered
Damage from storms seen at hundreds of millions of dollars
North Korea also hit by storms (Adds president, details, updates toll)
By Jeremy Laurence and Seongbin Kang
- Millions of landmines still scattered
across the nation
* Angola is carrying out extensive de-mining programme
LUANDA, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Landmines left behind by Angola's three-decade long civil war have killed 166 people and injured hundreds more in the last four years, a study showed on Monday.
The war, which turned into one of the longest Cold War conflicts, resulted in half a million dead and hundreds of thousands of landmine injuries.
03 Jul 2010 03:57:11 GMT
PANAMA CITY, July 2 (Reuters) - Colombian drug-running rebels are planting landmines in neighboring Panama along cocaine smuggling routes between the two countries shared border, a top Panamanian official said on Friday.
"Panama, for the first time, is finding landmines in its territory," said Jose Raul Mulino, Panama's public security minister, without specifying how many devices were found.
Authorities found the landmines in the remote, densely forested Darien province where two Panamanian border police were injured last week in a mine …
* Retired Kurdish soldier lost limbs to landmines
* Now uses basic tools to remove mines
* Landmines threat to rebuilding of Iraqi economy
* Individuals hamper work of organisations to clear fields
By Sherko Raouf
HALABJA, Iraq, June 3 (Reuters) - Hoshiyar Ali lost both his legs to landmine blasts in northern Iraq and uses prosthetic limbs to walk, but he forges on with his life's work, digging mines from the ground with a knife to save others from his fate.
A retired major general in the Kurdish peshmerga forces, Ali not only lost his legs but his 9-year-old …
MANILA, April 23 (Reuters) - The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group will work parallel to the government to clear landmines and unexploded bombs left by decades of conflict on troubled Mindanao island, a guerrilla leader said on Friday.
This would help convince 100,000 displaced people to return home on the southern island, Mohaqher Iqbal, a senior leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said after two days of peace talks with the government in Kuala Lumpur.
The talks are unlikely to conclude before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's term ends on June 30, so …