Unexploded munitions are a serious problem in Afghanistan
High profile campaigns have successfully highlighted the dangers of landmines, but data from Afghanistan show unexploded ordnance continues to harm a greater number of people, particularly children.
When researchers analysed 5471 incidents of individuals injured or killed by these devices between 2002 and 2006, they found that 2749 (50.3%) were caused by unexploded ordnance and 2314 (42.3%) by landmines. An unknown device caused the rest. The proportion of deaths and injuries caused by unexploded ordnance rose from 48.4% in 2002 to 58.8% in 2006