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War destroys whole countries, as well as the lives of individual
War destroys infrastructure: houses, stores, schools, hospitals, roads, rail lines,
airports, communication systems, electricity and water supply systems - everything
a country needs to run smoothly.
War damages the natural environment. For example, the United States used Agent
Orange, a chemical that kills plant foliage so enemy soldiers (and civilians)
couldn't find cover to hide in the thick jungles during the war in Vietnam.
It has remained in the food chain, causing birth defects in babies decades after
and unexploded bombs perpetuate poverty. The presence of land mines makes farming,
raising livestock and gathering wood or water difficult or impossible. This
means areas of land remain unsafe and farmers can't grow as much food as usual.
If fighting comes close to the places where people live, fear itself can stop
normal life. Stores close, young people stay away from schools and universities,
farmers leave their fields alone. Everyone stays inside, or in many cases, people
choose to flee. Businesses decline and farms become overgrown. Nothing gets