Landmines/ERW & Children

Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor:

Children, especially boys, are one of the largest groups of survivors. Since child survivors have specific and additional needs in all aspects of assistance, the Mine Ban Treaty Maputo Action Plan 2014—2019 & Cartagena Action Plan and the Convention on Cluster Munitions Vientiane Action Plan require that victim assistance be age-appropriate. For example, children whose injuries result in amputated limbs require more complicated rehabilitative assistance. They need to have prostheses made more often as they grow, and may require corrective surgery for the changing shape of a residual limb (stump).
Victim assistance providers rarely keep statistics that provide reliable records of how many child mine/ERW survivors or other children with disabilities have been assisted and which services have been rendered. Age-sensitive assistance remained among the least considered aspects of victim assistance provisions.

Monitor fact sheets on Landmines/ERW and children:


Guide For Comprehensive Assistance To Boys, Girls And Adolescents Landmine Victims: Guidelines for the constructions of plans, programs, projects and protocols, 2014

Austria and Colombia:

Strengthening the Assistance to Child Victims

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:

Landmines, Cluster Munitions and Unexploded Ordnance

Save the Children:

Child Landmine Survivors: An Inclusive Approach to Policy and Practice, 2000


Landmines and unexploded ordnance violate nearly all the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): a child’s right to life, to a safe environment in which to play, to health, clean water, sanitary conditions and adequate education.

Assistance to Victims of Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War: Guidance on Child-focused Victim Assistance, November 2014.

Children and Landmines: A Deadly Legacy Leaflet, 2009

Saving Children from the Tragedy of Landmines (press release), 2006

Children and Landmines: A Deadly Legacy (fact sheet), 2004

UNICEF (undated). Children and Landmines: A Deadly Legacy. Leaflet, 2004

Landmines: UNICEF in emergencies, 2003

Land-mines: A deadly inheritance, UN Secretary-General’s Expert on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children. 1996

The State of the World’s Children: The legacy of land-mines, 1996

Further resources relevant to child survivors

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