Landmines: a diabolical threat to humanity – lessons from Ukraine

The ongoing war in Ukraine is gravely impeded by the prolific use of landmines by Russian forces, causing devastating casualties, and hindering the Ukrainian army’s progress in their counteroffensive, as highlighted in a recent report from The New York Times.

Landmines in Azerbaijan continue to pose a lethal threat to peace and development

The challenge of removing mines and explosive remnants of war remains a major obstacle facing Azerbaijan before the liberated territories can be repopulated and developed, and before the peace agreement signed in 2020 can be fulfilled.

Save the Children report exposes Yemen’s deadly legacy: explosive ordnances’ impact on children

Save the Children’s report reveals that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has left a deadly legacy of explosive ordnance, including landmines, resulting in over 11,000 Yemeni children being killed or maimed since the beginning of the war, with an alarming increase in child casualties caused by explosive ordnance between January 2018 and November 2022.

The true price of Syrian desert truffles is blood: a story of delicacies, landmines and destruction

In Hama city market, desert truffles can sell for up to $5 and $10 a kilo, but their true price is higher still.

Explosive Violence in June 2022

In June 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,442 deaths and injuries from 399 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 71% (1,730) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

11 agricultural labourers killed, 34 injured in landmine explosion, Daraa Governorate, Syria

On Saturday 11 June, 11 labourers travelling towards agricultural lands near the village of Deir al-Adas were killed, and 34 were injured, when their pick-up truck ran over a landmine and blew up. Five children and three women are amongst the deceased.

Explosive Violence in May 2022

In May 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,165 deaths and injuries from 418 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 76% (1, 641) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Yemen: Mines and UXOs in Populated Areas are passive, indiscriminate killers

Over the past week, AOAV has recorded nine incidents of explosive violence in Yemen, as reported in English-language news sources, and 57 civilian casualties. 55% (5) of those incidents have involved mines, and mines caused 21% of civilian casualties of explosive violence in Yemen this past week. 7% (4) of civilian casualties of explosive violence in Yemen this week were caused by a UXO explosion.

“It’s actually civilians that are targeted”- Dr Matthew Spreadbury on Delivering Emergency Trauma Response in Myanmar

Dr Matthew Spreadbury is a surgery resident currently living and working in Norway. Here, he shares with us his experiences working as a surgeon in Myanmar, performing emergency and trauma response interventions for civilians injured by explosive weapons in Karenni State. He shares a story of pain and catastrophic human impact, but also of hope.

Explosive Violence in April 2022

In April 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2, 143 deaths and injuries from 237 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 80% (1, 722) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

The reverberating effects of explosive violence on agriculture in Afghanistan

Agriculture in Afghanistan is big business. Today, it accounts for 25% of Afghanistan’s GDP, and is the second largest sector of the economy after services. Even in our current world of urbanisation, the majority of the population still live in rural areas, and agricultural labour is critical for livelihoods. Across the country, agricultural work employs […]

Video: landmine clearance in the world’s most extreme environment

In this short documentary, journalist and filmmaker Rob Asher visits AOAV’s demining camps in Western Sahara and follows Mariem Zaid and her team of mine clearance operators in their work securing 72 million square metres of land.   AOAV started work in Western Sahara in 2006 and was the first organisation to conduct a survey into the extent of landmines, cluster bombs […]