Landmine Monitor Report 2012 – Victim Assistance

Posted on December 5, 2012

© November 2012 by Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor
Cover photograph © Jean Jacques Bernard/Handicap International, March 2011
Cover design by Rafael Jiménez


Landmine Monitor Report 2012

Landmine Monitor 2012 is the 14th annual Landmine Monitor report. The 65-page report provides a global overview of developments in victim assistance, casualties, mine ban policy, contamination, clearance and support for mine action.

Since the Mine Ban Treaty went into effect, most States Parties with significant numbers of survivors strengthened ownership for victim assistance through better coordination, planning, and understanding survivors’ needs and challenges.

Setbacks in the availability and accessibility of assistance and services for survivors occurred in at least 12 countries in 2011, most as a result of declining international assistance and new or intensified conflicts.

Direct international support for victim assistance programs through international mine action funding declined by US$13.6 million, an almost 30% decrease from 2010.

The 2011 annual total of $30 million is the lowest annual total for victim assistance since the Monitor began reporting. There were no indications that national funding or international development sources had filled the gaps created.

A total of 4,286 new casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war were recorded in 2011.

The 2011 figure is similar to the number of casualties identified in 2009 and 2010, or approximately 11-12 casualties per day. The annual incidence rate is about a third of what it was one decade ago, when there were at least 32 casualties per day.

Steady decreases in annual casualty rates continued in some of the most mine-affected countries, such as Afghanistan and Cambodia, but these were offset by increases in countries with new or intensified conflicts, such as Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria.

Due to incomplete data collection, the actual number of casualties was certainly higher than what was recorded.

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