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Press Releases » New factsheet - The Impact of Mines/ERW on Children

Marking Universal Children's Day, 20 November, the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Victim Assistance Team today releases a fact sheet on “The Impact of Mines/ERW onChildren.”

The latest factsheet, produced annually since 2009, provides an update on casualty data and assistance to child survivors in 2013.

Children, especially boys, are one of the largest groups of survivors of landmines, unexploded cluster munition remnants and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). Evidence shows ERW, usually found on the surface and often appearing interesting to children, cause the majority of child casualties. ERW are especially prevalent, with a devastating impact, when countries are in conflict or are transitioning out of an emergency situation. Landmines and ERW also remain in the ground killing and injuring children for years and even decades after conflict has ended.

Child survivors have specific and additional needs in all aspects of victim assistance. The Mine Ban Treaty’s Maputo Action Plan (2014-2019) as well as the Convention on Cluster Munitions’ Vientiane Action Plan (2010-2014) both require that victim assistance be age-appropriate.