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Explosive Violence Monitor: 2011

AOAV’s first report on the casualties caused by explosive weapons around the world – analysing more than 2,000 recorded incidents in 2011.

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People killed or injured globally
Total number of casualties: 30,301
Total number of people killed: 10,461
Total number of people injured: 19,840

Civilians
Number of civilians killed: 6,138
Number of civilians injured: 15,551
71% of those killed or injured were civilians

Armed Actors
Number of armed actors killed: 4,323
Number of armed actors injured: 4,289

Populated areas
Total number of people killed in populated areas: 6,572
Total number of people injured in populated areas: 15,807
Number of civilians killed in populated areas: 5,055
Number of civilians injured in populated areas: 13,784
84% of all people killed or injured in populated areas were civilians

Children
Total number of children killed or injured (where stated): 1,039

Gender
15%
of civilians killed or injured were women (where stated)

Weapon Types
Of total civilian casualties, 8% were killed or injured by airstrikes
Of total civilian casualties, 27% were killed or injured by ground strikes
Of total civilian casualties, 61% were killed or injured by IEDs

Countries
The top five countries impacted in regard to the total number of people killed and injured by explosive weapons (from more to less affected):
Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia
The top five countries impacted in regard to the number of civilians killed and injured by explosive weapons (from more to less affected):
Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia 

The figures in this summary were updated in December 2020 and reflect higher figures than in our Explosive Violence Monitor 2011 annual report. This is due to the persistent collection of data by AOAV, some of which would have been released, and subsequently recorded, following the completion of our 2011 report.

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AOAV is a founding member of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW). We believe, as our data clearly routinely shows, that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes severe harm to individuals and communities. We believe that this suffering can and should be reduced so that unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented. We call on States to cease the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities.