Landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) continue to pose a severe threat to civilian populations worldwide, as highlighted in the latest report by the Landmine Monitor.

The report, released recently, paints a grim picture of the escalating casualties and challenges posed by these insidious weapons in conflict zones across the globe.

Alarming Trends in Casualties

According to Landmine Monitor, in the year 2022 alone, a total of 4,710 individuals fell victim to landmines and ERW in 49 states and two other areas.

This statistic, while slightly lower than the previous year’s count, remains a stark reminder of the enduring danger these weapons present.

What’s more distressing is that a staggering 85 percent of these casualties were civilians, among whom children accounted for half of the victims.

Rise in Antipersonnel Landmine Casualties

Of particular concern is the significant surge in casualties directly attributed to antipersonnel landmines.

The report noted a drastic increase of over 50 percent, with 628 recorded casualties in 2022 compared to 414 in 2021.