Landmines….Killers  even after war
Over the past decades there have been hundreds of thousands of people who have been injured by landmines. The majority of children injured die from the results of the blast – mainly because of their small bodies and closer proximity to the centre of the blast. Those people who survive the initial blast of a mine will most likely require amputations, long hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation.

Countries that have a significant landmine problem are usually also suffering many other major problems. They mostly have a poor economy; their social and economic infrastructure has been torn apart by the ongoing fighting; educational programmes have mostly ceased and professional people have long since left.

Military hardware is in the hands of armed gangs, poorly trained soldiers or even children. Among the weapons that remain when the war ends there may be thousands, if not millions, of anti-personnel mines. Health care is largely dependent on a variety of foreign aid agencies whose work is also hampered by the presence of mines. The local medical personnel is usually not well trained and the and supplies are lacking, limited or stolen and sold in the markets. When an area is too dangerous for the agencies to visit or work in people must then rely on their own resources to transport the injured to a nearby hospital, which in some cases may be days away. They are then expected to pay for their medicines and treatment, which most rural people cannot afford

In Cambodia alone there are more than 35,000 people who have been injured by landmines. They estimate that the same number of those who survive actually die in the fields from loss of blood. 

If this boy had been injured by someone or by any other means there would be some sort of investigation. But because he was injured by a landmine there was no investigation and no-one will be brought to justice.


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49 Responses to Landmines

  1. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti San,
    I hope you are well and your Br-in low and his son are getting better?
    We must not foget about those people were suffer from huge  problem that we never guess how hard for them to survival in those 
    situation. It seems we had more problem in other countries than before? because after war that left them a big damage …..
    we are trired to help many way from this country…but it seems not enought though I hope they get better then last years.
    My rashes is back again ..about three weeks ago thought it was clear it up the rashes stopped an injection(vitamin).
    Now I’m back to started again it,   WOW! I’m busy these day….Today I go to see my dentist to fitted it a new bridge for my  teeth. I hope this is it….
    Enjoy your day,

  2. Alien Hunter says:

    Hello Sweeti,
    Thank you for the kind words about my post. Maybe someone will pay attention when it is strong. Someone might decide to do something instead of just trying to get more possessions or entertainment.
    Humans are indeed strange creatures. We do things, never thinking about who will truly suffer in the long run. Landmines all over the world and very little being done to change it. Bombs still being dug up in England & Germany from World War 2. When I was in Panama I had to watch out for anti-personnel bombs – little things about the size of one’s thumb. They could blow a person’s head or leg off. That is no way for any country to have to live. And the natives still had to live there with that fear.
    Peace, Love, & Blessings.

  3. Martha says:

    Hi Sweeti, yes Cambodia is one of the worse hit by land mines. I believe there are parts of the country which still have land mines. I have not been there myself, but my husband and parents have gone several times to help street children and an  orphanage there. I’ve seen many photos there…and in that country there are so many street mothers too! can you imagine…a mother on a street with no place to stay, no food, holding a baby in her arms, begging and begging everyday? it’s sad…

  4. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti san,
    Your Q; My favour Google’s will help you type to cervical will come up the news that date 30th-nove Herald Sun news paper Australia.
    Hi to Michael and his dad,

  5. Geek Stud says:

    HI Sweeti,
    Yes you are correct that nothin will be done for the justice of this Child ……. who lost his everything ..His Life ..His future …..
    Well It is been raining here since morning ….:(  PAin is not there in Ear but it is numb have to  medications for 4-5 Days more ..
    Yeah MR.MUSCLE  hhehe:D…Not anymore ….While travelling i do not get sosmuch time to look after myself , but yeah whenver i get time I’ll workout or do some jog or sprints ….to keep myself FIGHTING FIT & IN SHAPE 🙂

  6. Trouble says:

    Aw, with each passing day, I’m getting to know about these facts. People getting injured and killed by the landmines is strange. Why don’t they remove them post-war? Why don’t they take enough care of their people?

  7. Nanci says:

    hi sweeti, how r u doing?well unfortunlly is always like that, they should clean all landmines after the war, but, hummm nothing to do….how’s ur family? getting better?? hope yes…have u prepared the christmas ??? kisses

  8. Alien Hunter says:

    Hello Sweeti,
    There are those who know more about war than I do. Some lost limbs, others their eyesight, and some had part of their head blown off and still survived. A family here in Lubbock has lost two sons to this war. Their agony is great. I can empathize with those that have been through it and write the words for them. I have seen the after affects and the total disregard for human life afterwards. Yet, still with the conditions it was not easy, knowing that explosives had not been cleaned up all because of the expense – MONEY! Cleaning up a war torn country is cheap if it saves one life, with it saving many lives it is worth the cost many times over. TV shows basically nothing that a person can actually relate to war. It has all been prettied up for the public.
    Somewhere along the way, I lost my ability to fear. It is common sense that guides me during times I possibly should have fear. At times I see things and I feel nothing. Only with my family & my GREAT Blog Friends do I feel, do I care, and when someone hurts one of those, I get a little angry.
    It is not the aspects of war that was the roughest in my life. Other things have happened that I can’t talk about – it is too personal.
    Peace & Blessings.

  9. Alien Hunter says:

    My apologies for the graphic nature of my comment. That is how war is. I do know that if I can ever open up in my blog the full extent of my life I will not be judged.
    Peace, Love, & Blessings to You & Yours.

  10. sonia says:

    Hi Sweeti,how are you today?
    Its true Cambodia is one of the countries hit by land mines,which still remain undiffused,only to be rediscovered by curious kids or unsuspecting ppl! They loose lives,limbs etc,yet carry on with life! No justice,no arrests only a blanker future!Its a war torn country!
    We have the problem of landmines up north near Jammu and kashmir! Many army personnel have lost their lives stepping on them /diffusing them! Its done manually here! The person walks aroun holding the mine detector,when it beeps,the mine is dug up carefully and diffused! They have to be careful in digging,its best ti dig around the mine,but here it is being done almosy blindly! They know,a mine exists,but at what depth,where exactly in the mine, in that little area, are the risk factors!!
    Its really nice to know Michael and bro in law are doing better! Your bro in law might need physiotheraphy and a lot of mental and emotional support/strength from the family!
    Blont" jokes are laways fun and laughter is the best medicine :)!
    Tc and enjoy the day!

  11. deepu says:

    helooo how are you doing sweeettii???i was a little busy with some work…
    yes, sweet, what you have put up there is nt that sweet a thing…
    not only in that part of the world, i think it s very common all over…Ufff one’s belif is another’s superstitionone’s food is another’s poisonso, it s sth similar i feel..
    but the suffering lot, the ones at the recieving end are usually poor adn the marginalized..tats the tragedy..
    Eeeks you thought i follow your ‘did ma run’, and all the rest..NO..but i thnik it meant sth like i ran, eh?
    first you got tell me ur language..then perhpas i can make some guess works…
    well, have a lovely time

  12. sonia says:

    Laughter is the best medicine and an instant mood lifter! They arew making slow but steady progress,thats all that matters! Keep smiling,Sweeti…and my this smile never cease!!
    What else is happening? Christmas shopping etc has begun?
    Here,bro was in town,he has recently! Winters are slowly setting in,s the weather is great :)!
    Tc and have a nice day!

  13. Alien Hunter says:

    Hello Sweeti,
    If I were to delve into what I can’t talk about I wouldn’t be very pleasant to be around for awhile. The guilt, the anger, and all the emotions I felt at that time would have to be relived. Even then it would still be there to haunt me in my dreams and unexpected moments from unexpected things. PTSD doesn’t go away, it just hides its head for awhile. When one thinks they are doing good, it pops back up and one feels more frustration than before. Someday!
    I love my space friends though I have never met them. I read their words and can tell the truth about them. They are honest, caring, and sincere. Some try to portray a joking demeanor but deep inside feels a lot. Others feel deeper than what most people would see in their writing. You are one of those and a blessing. There are others so I won’t name them all, but they mean a lot to me.
    It is nice that you have met a blog friend and got along so well. Then to be invited to a wedding next year, that is great.
    A big West Texas {{{HUG}}} to you.
    Peace & Blessings.
    Peace & Blessings.

  14. Ipshita says:

    Hi Sweeti!
    aww… its naked truth and everyday situation for many.. many ppl even sponsor these kids and children.. but then, not everyone gets the chance.. its indeed sad to know thta child labour is still being practiced in some countries and when it should not be.. must not be, rather!
    anyways.. so, how’ve u been? hope ur brother in law is doing fine.. and all’s shining at ur end!:)
    see u!

  15. Ipshita says:

    Hi Sweeti!
    aww… its naked truth and everyday situation for many.. many ppl even sponsor these kids and children.. but then, not everyone gets the chance.. its indeed sad to know thta child labour is still being practiced in some countries and when it should not be.. must not be, rather!
    anyways.. so, how’ve u been? hope ur brother in law is doing fine.. and all’s shining at ur end!:)
    see u!

  16. deepu says:

    Sweet who told you that ur English is bad? i think you have got a sweet one, as sweet as you are…hahahaaabut it s just that ‘ma’ somehow i couldnt get…
    so how re you gettnig reay for the celebrations down the line??for me xams are looking at me n are winking thier eyes
    have a nice day

  17. deepu says:

    Sweet who told you that ur English is bad? i think you have got a sweet one, as sweet as you are…hahahaaabut it s just that ‘ma’ somehow i couldnt get…
    so how re you gettnig reay for the celebrations down the line??for me xams are looking at me n are winking thier eyes
    have a nice day

  18. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti san,
    I just coming to see what you were up today ha ha
    I hope you and Micheal and hid dad doing well..
    Enjoy your weekend with loved ones,

  19. Ruma says:

    Hi Sweeti! What a touching post. Landmines are evil hangovers from war. They injure innocents as if  the planters of the bombs still want their presence felt, and remind people that the enmity is not over yet. It is pathetic how people have to do without limbs or vital organs after being hit by a landmine. I remember that in her last days, Princess Diana was a crusader against landmines. It was a very noble thing for her to do, as this problem is most rampant in Third World countries in the continent ofAfrica and South Asia.Hope your family is coping with the crisis bravely and things are getting somewhat better.Love, Ruma.

  20. Isabel says:

    Hello Sweeti!
    How are your relatives? I hope they are much better as I dont see you writing about it!
    Its so sad that mines business…it should be forbiden as the war is over and it continue to kill inocent people and mainly children…Angola has the same problem and maybe lots of countries I dont even know!
    I wish you a great weekend, lots of love

  21. Martha says:

    Sweeti…maybe you can do your next trip to Cambodia. 🙂 Have you been there? My parents leave for Thailand..the poor part of the country this Monday. They’re bringing lotsa clothes and stuff…they go there everytime near Christmas to bless the poor people there. Someday I will too, when my kids are older. Take care Sweeti and God bless ya!

  22. sonia says:

    Hi Sweeti, how are you today?
    Grt that family is doing fine and it seems to be the best option for your bro in law! He will receive good medical care and physiotheraphy there!!
    The images are back on the blog! Some problem i guess earlier!!
    "why me’ is a common thought that goes through the mind when trouble strikes!! There are millions of ppl in this world,’why did it ony have to happen to me/my family"…..but if God has given pleasure and happiness,so pain and unhappiness will surely be a part,though momentarily someday! Its the attitude and outlook towards life and not very easy to accept ‘why not me?’!!
    Hope all continues to be just grt at your end!
    Tc and keep smiling!

  23. Alien Hunter says:

    Hello Sweeti,
    You came up with the two best words for the poem. Soldiers do their job out of love for their Motherland and respect for their superiors. It can be no other way. But we MUST remember the families of the Soldiers and the sacrifices they make. Then again, I also thank the law enforcement officers, firemen and emergency medical technicians who ride the ambulances. They pay a price too.
    Peace & Blessings.

  24. Trouble says:

    Whssup Sweeti?Howz everyone in the family? Howz yr bro-in-law?Howz life?Lot of questions! :pHave a nice weekend and seeya on Monday :)*hugs*Divoo

  25. Alien Hunter says:

    Hello Sweeti,
    True, everyone has a duty. Unfortunately there are som around who try to cause trouble.
    Have a great weekend.
    Peace & Blessings.

  26. deepu says:

    how r you doing to day?
    ‘revalidaton centre’ means??  but dont worry sweeti..
    it s all going to turn right in time…have a smile on ur face and go prayers be with you..
    have a great day to you..

  27. Geek Stud says:

    Wassup , Lil hug … Busy & feeling tired …want to sleep sleep & sleep
    yup problem has to be seen by people …any idiea how to do it ……any email id or something where we can write to UNO …or somethin like that ….if we can do little little efforts from our sides we can help these childrens …BUT HOW TO START ……….
    read that Michael is improving & ur brother in law has been shifted for physiotherapy…..
    You take take care & Keep Smiling 🙂

  28. Alien Hunter says:

    Hello Sweeti,
    You don’t have to apoligize for saying that the USA is at the top of the list for making mistakes. I realize that, the bullies of the world! I’ll still stand by her, right or wrong but I will point out what I disagree with. Someday all of this mess will pass away but until then all we can do is stand strong and not let it get us down.
    Peace & Blessings.

  29. Ipshita says:

    Hi Sweety!
    how’ve u been? and wots up wid ya? hope ur family is fine.. 🙂
    see u

  30. SAURABH says:

    its not only abt this kid sweety…and the situation he is going through is called baised destiny…. those who dont need so much…they have bags full of rresources..and those who need just a little coz they merely require to live ..they have nothing and the worst part is no1 need them too… sometimes i think why life is so weird..why cant everybody have a little …..well u guess this is wht we call life… rather baised destiny of life…. anyways hows u…hows life treating u these days…??

  31. Sudhir says:

    Hi Sweety – When you come across photographs of innocent children maimed by land mines scattered around country side in Cambodia, Vietnam, Africa etc and now in Afganistan, Iraq etc you wish for the power to go after the people who were responsible for it.
    Haw are your Brother-in-law and nephew? Hope they are better. Take care. Sudhir

  32. Prithvi says:

    sweeti…howz u ????? M back ….this time ,here to stay!I’ll be blogging regularly here-on! i hope u r r things going on ?

  33. sonia says:

    Hi Sweeti,how are you? May the progress continue with them ,God Bless!!
    Whats been happening with you otherwise?
    Tc and enjoy the day ,Sweeti…

  34. Trouble says:

    Sweeti! Whssup? :)Im back frm the trip.. check out the pics 😀

  35. Ipshita says:

    Hey Sweeti!
    how r u? wots up with u? hows family.. hope things r good at ur end!
    see u! 🙂

  36. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti san,
    I really don’t know what is to write in here…I knew they had hard times …only I can pray for them to some progress to makes easier
    for Michael and his dad..I sent to you a email on 2th and 10th..maybe you don’t check the emial?
    It’s hard to me write in here…but there is not important Sweeti san ….
    I try to one more entry ?  before I going away to New Zealand for my son’s the wedding from 20th Dec – 8th Jan.
    I wish …I’m going to write later on …. 
    I hope you have find a easier time for you…I thinking about you a lots of times that how I can sharing with you Sweeti san!
    Big Hugs, from your friend,

  37. deepu says:

    HI are you doing today? and how about your bro in law? better? perhpas baby jesus wants someone like him to keep company for him as he is born into a strange, unknown place…
    just nothing happens without his knowledge, eh?
    lets hope for the best…cheer up
    prayers, love

  38. Gunveen says:

    Yyaaa its dat cold huh…. even i hate winters :p And my goodness ur space is looking soooo vry nice 🙂

  39. sillygloop says:

    Peace and non-violence remain unattainable thanks to clashes over commerce, culture and what not. One world is all we have. Let’s live in peace!

  40. Gunveen says:

    Ohh cooool… Do u like snow then??? and btw i caught u on orkut 😀 hhheee

  41. sonia says:

    Hi Sweeti,how are you today?
    Its grt that things are getting better with the family !!
    I do have a fear of heights! I hate flying and going on roller coasters etc! I only hop on to a plane if its only and abs necessary :D!! Dont ask about the scene on the plane during takeoffs and landings ,lol!! Another fear i have is of needles,hate injections ad bloodtests!!!
    What else has been happening with you? how is work?
    Blanking out,sometims is good,isnt it? It gives you time to reflect…recollect!!
    Tc and enjoy!

  42. Geek Stud says:

    HOW R U & WHERE R U …….NO NEWS………HOW R U DOING ??????

  43. Prithvi says:

    hi sweeti… i must tell u…u live upto ur name- sweety! u really r sweet yaa..what a lovely comment…i appreciate it…its one of the nicest of all i received so far ! cheers!

  44. Michiko's says:

    Hi Sweeti san,
    I was pleased to know you were survive from tough situation, thank you for replied.
    Hi to Michael and his dad, Please take care yourself.

  45. Ipshita says:

    hey sweeti!
    whr hav u been? hmm… hows ur family? hope, all good. 🙂 am fine.. yeah.
    see u!

  46. sonia says:

    Hi Sweeti,that must have been a looooong day and hubby whipping up dinner,nice :D!! Are you better today?
    The feeling in the neck which one gets during the take off…Hate it!! 😀
    My kid is doing well,thank you! Has a set of exams coming up,so is a little busy with the same!
    Tc and enjoy!

  47. Geek Stud says:

    Hi Sweeti,
    Working …working ..working …. Same here …. no probs take your time 🙂 ……..
    Sweet lil hug to sweeti.
    Keep Smiling 🙂

  48. Ipshita says:

    HEY Sweeti!
    hey, u knw this song on ur space "paya ena" is just beautiful.. soothing and subtle! 🙂 also sweet like u! and yes, u knw u called me Ipshy hehe.. tht is cute coz my frnds call me by tht as well. 🙂 and yes, prayers.. and hope is all we canhva eforever.. God bless ur family. and dnt be sad sweeti, things will be fine. 🙂 just tht it takes time and everything is healed! 🙂
    see u!
    Ipsh 🙂

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