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Injury or death
Children are the victims of armed conflicts. In the 1990s over two million were killed and another six million were seriously injured or permanently disabled. Injuries like blindness, loss of a limb, or brain damage affect the victim for the rest of their life. A large number of these injuries and deaths are due to landmines.



Find out more about landmines. Landmines Information Sheet. The file is in PDF format. Click here if you need to download a programme to read the file.

Injury or death of a family member (e.g. a parent, brother or sister) also impacts on the lives of children. For some this means they now have to fend for themselves or become responsible for taking care of their family.

After some wars, because there has been so much death and injury, some communities do not have enough people to do all the things needed to rebuild. For example there are not enough teachers for schools, or not enough doctors to attend to all the medical needs. There is a shortage of people to work in the fields to grow food.

     Imagine
  1. Imagine you have been injured (e.g. blind or lost a leg or arm). Write a list of problems you would face in a day and the way you would go about finding solutions.
  2. Read the instructions for the Landmine Trust Walk simulation and organise your class to do this activity. The file is in PDF format. Click here if you need to download a programme to read the file.